Johnson remodels his government in full decline in popularity

September 15, 2021 by archyde

After weeks of intense rumors, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to reshape his government to form a “united team” that faces the pending challenges after a year and a half of pandemic and in full decline in popularity. After 18 months of a very painful health crisis for the UK, and after a much criticized departure from AfghanistanAt a time when Brexit makes it difficult for products to reach the country’s supermarkets, the head of the conservative government needs an oxygen balloon. The The ‘premier’ has already replaced the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab.

The Minister of Education, Gavin Williamson, has been the first to confirm on Twitter his widely expected departure due to his management of school closings during the pandemic and the subsequent testing fiasco. Shortly after, he was followed by the Minister of Justice, Robert Buckland. Their substitutes and other changes will be announced in a trickle as the afternoon progresses.

Also the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, seems to be walking a tightrope for his failure to reduce the arrivals of irregular immigrants through the English Channel, as did the head of diplomacy, Dominic Raab, who will probably pay for the chaotic evacuation of Kabul after the return to power of the Taliban in August.

Among the possible 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 from January 31, 2020. And Michael Gove, a close friend of the prime minister, 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 aim of uniting and leveling the whole country,” he added.

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Drop in polls

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 referendum in 2016 but postponed several times since then. A recent poll by the YouGov institute shows a decline in the popularity of the Conservatives (to 33%), surpassed for the first time by the Labor Party (35%) since the beginning of the year.

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