After weeks of intense rumors, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided reshape his cabinet Wednesday to form a “united team” that faces the pending challenges after a year and a half of pandemic, and in full decline in popularity.
One of the ministers who will leave office is Chancellor Dominic Raab, who was whipped by the chaotic evacuation of Kabul after the return to power of the Taliban in August. This does not mean that Raab will cease to be part of the cabinet, as he was reassigned as Secretary of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister.
Earlier, the Minister of Education, Gavin Williamson, confirmed on Twitter his departure from the government, widely expected due to his management of school closings during the pandemic and the subsequent testing fiasco. Shortly after, the Minister of Justice, Robert Buckland, followed.
Former British Chancellor Dominic Raab. Photo: AFP
Your substitutes and other changes they will be announced in a dropper As the evening progresses
Also the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, seems to be on a tightrope for her failure to reduce migrant arrivals uneven across the English Channel.
In search of oxygen
After 18 months of a very painful health crisis for the UK, and after a much criticized departure from Afghanistan, at a time when Brexit makes it difficult for products to reach the country’s supermarkets, the head of the Conservative government you need an oxygen shot.
Among potential new appointments, the press often mentions International Trade Minister Liz Truss, currently in charge of closing the new free trade agreements promised by Johnson after Brexit, effective January 31, 2020.
Also mentioned is Michael Gove, a close friend of the prime minister, who is currently in charge of coordinating government action.
The Conservative leader “will make a reshuffle today to put in place a strong and united team to rebuild better after the pandemic,” a Downing Street source told reporters.
“Yesterday the prime minister presented his plan to manage the covid during the autumn and winter. But the government must also redouble its efforts to address the priorities of citizens,” he stressed. “He will appoint the ministers this afternoon, with the goal of uniting and leveling the whole country“he added.
The announcement comes at a sensitive time for Johnson, 57, who arrived at 10 Downing Street in the summer of 2019 and prevailed in the December 2019 general election, won by promising to hold the Brexit, voted in a referendum in 2016 but postponed several times since then.
A recent YouGov institute poll shows a decline in the popularity of conservatives (up to 33%), surpassed for the first time by the Labor Party (35%) since the beginning of the year.
The executive is paying above all for his decision to increase Social Security contributions to rescue the public health system, hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and reform the dependency sector.
This put the tax levels at their highest level since World War II, breaking Johnson’s electoral promise not to raise taxes.
On the health front, the British government faces a difficult situation, having lifted most of the restrictions against COVID-19 in July despite the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which has led to the number of new infections at very high levels, of more than 30,000 a day.
The return to schools and the arrival of autumn, with its wave of seasonal viruses such as influenza, raise fears of a difficult situation in hospitals in the coming weeks.
The executive’s plans unveiled Tuesday to prepare for this winter are largely based on a booster vaccination campaign against COVID-19.
And only other measures will be used, such as the mandatory use of masks indoors, the return to teleworking or the health passport, in case of significant deterioration of the situation.
The United Kingdom, with 66 million inhabitants, is one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus in Europe: records more than 134,000 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.