Despite Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson pledging his loyalty and support to Prime Minister Theresa May, there are at least five cabinet ministers who believe Boris should topple May and assume the role of Conservative leader and prime minister. This news comes from one of Boris Johnson’s close allies as pressure continues to mount for Theresa May to step down after a disastrous general election and as she attempts to piece together a minority government with the help of the extremist DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) of Northern Ireland.
The Financial Express reports that Boris Johnson’s fans have been giving him support at every level and believe that unlike Theresa May, who has been given the nickname of “Maybot,” Boris actually has popular appeal with the public.
“A handful of senior people have pledged their loyalty to Boris at Cabinet level. He has been inundated with messages of support. We need a Brexiteer. Boris is the only option with the liberal values, Brexit credentials, and popular appeal.”
There is the added bonus that Boris Johnson has had a long career outside the field of politics, working both as a journalist and author and delving deep into ancient history with books like The Dream of Rome as well as his insightful look at London’s history, The Spirit of London. When Boris goes before the public to speak, people warm immediately to his personality. Theresa May, meanwhile, lacks Boris Johnson’s luster.
Boris Johnson, however, has so far denied that there is a coup to replace Theresa May as Conservative Party leader and prime minister and has written that he believes May is still the right person to run the U.K., as the Toronto Star reports.
“The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking. Now is the time for delivery, and Theresa May is the right person to continue that vital work.”
In Boris Johnson’s op-ed piece in the Sun, he suggests that those who believe Prime Minister Theresa May should be ousted need to “get a grip.”
“To those that say the PM should step down, or that we need another election or even – God help us – a second referendum, I say come off it. Get a grip, everyone. This is the third year running that we have forced the people out to the polls. This is the third year running that they have been accosted at stations and asked for their support, or had campaign literature thrust into their hands. My judgement is that they are fed up to the back teeth with all this. They are fed up with politics, politicians and the uncertainty and dislocation of the electoral process.”
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) June 11, 2017
Despite Boris Johnson’s utterances that he has no real wish or desire to replace Theresa May, other ministers beg to differ. Two of May’s advisers, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, have both resigned their positions, and George Osborne has called her a “dead woman walking.”
Theresa May’s vision for the U.K. was not enough to convince voters that this was actually the best vision to be followed. May also appeared to many to have difficulty with her own vision, making U-turns on various issues such as social care plans, yet was not willing to publicly concede that she had had any change of mind. And while Theresa May was initially against Brexit, she also did a swift U-turn on this subject to become a strong advocate for leaving the European Union.
Boris Johnson, on the other hand, when working as a journalist, used to write about what he felt was the abuse of power in Brussels and how oftentimes it hurt those in the U.K. and has generally not wavered in his views about leaving the European Union.
But while many may be calling on Boris Johnson to oust Theresa May so that he can become prime minister himself, newly leaked WhatsApp messages sent by Boris appear to prove that Johnson is not attempting to assume control. Sky News reports that in private messages sent to a closed group of MPs, Boris Johnson carefully outlined eight points that he felt Conservative politicians should consider when it comes to Theresa May and suggested that they all needed to “calm down” and back the prime minister.
Would you rather see Theresa May stay on as prime minister, or do you agree with the ministers who think Boris Johnson should take over as the Conservative Party leader and prime minister?
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