July 05, (THEWILL) – British Finance Secretary, Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, have resigned their positions from the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Sunak resigned as chancellor in a destablising blow to Boris Johnson’s premiership, just moments after Sajid Javid announced he had also quit the government.
Sunak in letter to Johnson, said he stepped down as his approach toward the future of the British economy is “fundamentally different”, compared to the prime minister’s view.
“The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously. I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning”, Sunak shared in a Twitter post, with Javid adding that, “it has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role, but I regret that I can no longer continue in good conscience.”
Javid on his part said the public is not considering the current government competent and that this opinion won’t change under Johnson’s leadership.
The duo have resigned following the scandal regarding former Housing Minister, Chris Pincher.
Pincher resigned from the role of Deputy Chief Whip last week and has since been accused of multiple cases of sexual harassment.
Earlier today, former Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, urged cabinet minsters to oust Johnson.
Gibb told Radio 4’s PM programme that Tory MPs cannot trust No 10 to take decisions for the right reasons. They fear No 10 is just acting to shore up support for the PM. That was not “a sustainable way of running a government”, he said.
He added: “We’ve got 40% of Conservative MPs who voted that they didn’t have confidence in the Prime Minister four weeks ago. Any other leader would have resigned by now with that level of opposition to them in their own party.
“And I think really, as I said in my article in The Telegraph this morning, it’s now for members of the cabinet, either collectively or individually, to make sure that that response to that vote does result in the resignation of the prime minister.”