LONDON — British Prime Minister Liz Truss stepped down on Thursday after just six weeks in office, following a plunging pound and a disastrous and rapidly reversing economic plan that has thrown her government into turmoil.
Officially appointed by Queen Elizabeth II on September 6, just days before the king’s death, Truss will be remembered as one of the shortest and most disastrous prime ministers in British history. .
The previous holder of this record, George Canning, lived for 119 days in the early 19th century. Truss announced his resignation 44 days later.
A leadership election is currently underway to determine the next leader of the ruling Conservative Party, who will become the default prime minister next week. The opposition Labor Party called for immediate national elections.
On Wednesday, Truss assured Congress during the weekly prime minister’s questioning session that she was “a fighter, not one to quit.”
But leading the ruling party is only possible with respect and trust. Truss increasingly had little of either and quit after just one day.
“Given the circumstances, I am aware that I am unable to fulfill the mandate to which I was elected by the Conservative Party.”
“Therefore, I have spoken with His Majesty the King and informed him that I am stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party.”
The Prime Minister concluded, “I will continue to be Prime Minister until a successor is decided.”
Attention is already focused on what will happen next.
Her predecessor, Boris Johnson, is being called upon to make a dramatic comeback just months after resigning under pressure from his own party and public opinion following a wave of scandals. .
Johnson’s former finance minister, Rishi Sunak, who has pointed out the foolishness of the Truss’ economic plans, is one of the candidates to replace her. He came in second to Truss in the race for Johnson’s succession. There’s also support within the party for Penny Mordaunt, an experienced figure who stood in for Truss in parliament earlier this week and assured lawmakers that the prime minister wasn’t hiding under his desk.
However, since there is no clear successor, more uncertain days may continue.
Truss’ resignation followed a night of startling scenes in parliament, where lawmakers condemned the heavy-handed tactics employed by the government and allegedly brought some of her colleagues to tears. There are increasing calls for him to resign from the
She gathered inside 10 Downing Street with Graham Brady, the senior Conservative MP who oversees the leadership challenge. Mr. Brady is probably in the best position to judge leadership support within the party.
Mr Truss, 47, promised to fundamentally change the fortunes of the UK economy, transforming it into a low-tax, high-growth country that unlocked its post-Brexit potential.
In fact, “Trasonomics” was a complete failure and became her political epitaph.
Her first finance minister, Kwasi Kwarten, has announced a £45 billion ($48 billion) outstanding tax cut. This led to a sharp increase in government borrowing costs, prompting emergency intervention from the Central Bank of England and disciplinary action from the International Monetary Fund.
Kwarteng was quickly fired and his successor, Jeremy Hunt, set out to reverse almost all of the controversial policies. Despite the U-turn, the UK is still dealing with the impact of the plan with record inflation and higher mortgage rates.
During his tenure, Truss was the subject of ridicule, compared to Rotten Lettuce in a blonde wig in a tabloid stunt. According to YouGov pollsters, her personal approval ratings have plummeted to -70, making her the most unpopular party leader in British history. Opinion polls show the center-left Labor Party gaining ground.
Its leader, Kiel Sturmer, called for national elections in a statement shortly after Truss resigned.
“The British people deserve much better than this revolving door of chaos,” he said. Said.
Truss himself failed to win a national election.
She won the Conservative leadership race and became prime minister by default. Under Britain’s unwritten constitution, the leaders of the party that wins the most seats in the House of Commons are invited to form the government.
The Conservative Party, now known as the Tories, will launch a search for its fifth leader in six years, a sign of the turbulent political life in Britain since the 2016 Brexit referendum.
Some Tories have warned against choosing the next leader without giving the entire British public a say.
Most former prime ministers choose to either stay in the back-ventures (members of parliament who do not hold government jobs and represent their constituencies) or resign and hold a by-election.
It remains to be seen if she will continue to serve the constituency in South West Norfolk, in the East of England, or if she will leave to do something else entirely.
Within minutes of her resignation, reactions were pouring in from around the world.
President Joe Biden said in a statement that the United States and Britain are strong allies and that fact will never change.
“We thank Prime Minister Liz Truss for her cooperation on various issues, including holding Russia accountable for the war against Ukraine,” he said.
“We will continue to work closely with the UK government and will work together to address the global challenges facing our country,” he added.
Last week, Biden called Truss’ abandoned tax cut plan a “mistake.”
A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said Britain was unaware of such disgrace for its leader, adding that Truss would be remembered for her “devastating illiteracy”.
The Truss has been a vehement critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his war in Ukraine. Any successor may continue its stance.
Arriving at the EU summit in Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was important for Britain to find stability “as soon as possible,” according to Reuters.