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Comparing Himself to 'Booster Rocket,' Johnson Blasts Off

British PM makes final speech, urges Brits to support successor Liz Truss

(Newser) - In Britain, it's a day for the changing of the guard. Boris Johnson was formally tendering his resignation to the queen as he urged the nation to support his successor, Liz Truss . "This is it, folks," the 58-year-old Johnson said in his final speech before stepping down,...

A Twist in How Queen Will Appoint New Prime Minister

It'll happen in Scotland this time

(Newser) - On Monday, Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak will be named leader of the Conservative Party, but their Tuesday audience with the queen will be unlike any other during her 70-year reign, reports NBC News . This one will be in Scotland. The 96-year-old monarch traditionally bids the outgoing prime minister farewell...

Alito Mocks Prince Harry Over Roe Criticism

Supreme Court justice also takes shot at Boris Johnson, other overseas critics

(Newser) - Samuel Alito wrote the Supreme Court opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade, and he's not much interested in hearing what foreign critics have to say about it. In a speech on religious liberty in Rome hosted by Notre Dame Law School, Alito mocked Prince Harry and outgoing British Prime...

Johnson's Final Words to Parliament: 'Hasta la Vista, Baby'

Also on Wednesday, the final 2 candidates to replace Johnson as PM are chosen

(Newser) - After five rounds of voting, the race to replace Boris Johnson is down to the final two candidates: Rishi Sunak, whose resignation as finance minister helped trigger an avalanche of resignations that led to Johnson's downfall, and Liz Truss, the Johnson administration's foreign minister. Trade minister Penny Mordaunt...

The Battle to Replace Boris Johnson Starts Now

Conservative contenders to face elimination votes before final decision by party members

(Newser) - The battle is on to replace British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with at least 10 Conservative Party lawmakers throwing their hats in the ring Tuesday. Nominations will be accepted until 6pm local time, though candidates will need the support of at least 20 of the 358 Conservative members of Parliament...

Boris Johnson Made One Fatal Error
Boris Johnson
Made One
Fatal Error
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Boris Johnson Made One Fatal Error

He apologized, and that rarely plays well in politics, writes Martha Gill

(Newser) - Boris Johnson has been beset by one scandal after another over the years, so why did the latest one bring his resignation ? At the New York Times , Martha Gill writes that Johnson made a big political error this week: He apologized. "It was a mistake, and I apologize...

Boris Johnson Resigns: 'Them's the Breaks'

He confirms resignation as party leader but he's staying as PM until replacement is chosen

(Newser) - Just under three years after he became prime minister, Boris Johnson stood outside 10 Downing Street to confirm his resignation Thursday. "It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative party that there should be a new leader of that party and therefore a new prime minister,"...

In Stunning Fall, Boris Johnson Finally Agrees to Step Down

Embattled British leader faced more than 50 resignations from government

(Newser) - After a stunning 48 hours that saw an unprecedented number of resignations from the government, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally bowed to pressure and agreed to resign. Johnson, facing a mutiny that would have made it nearly impossible for the government to function, agreed to step down as...

As Things Sour for Boris Johnson, 1922 Committee Enters Spotlight

It has the power to allow another no-confidence vote

(Newser) - More resignations are streaming out of the British government, but still not the big one. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is clinging on despite the Wednesday resignations of six more junior ministers, which the BBC reports means the tally of ministers and aides who have resigned stands at 27. Five of...

After 2 Resignations, Boris Johnson May Be Doomed

Latest scandal involves misconduct allegations against key member of prime minister's team

(Newser) - Two of Britain’s most senior Cabinet ministers have quit, a move that could spell the end of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership after months of scandals , per the AP . Treasury chief Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid resigned within minutes of each other. "I can no...

Putin Hits Back at Western Leaders Over Topless Digs

'Undressed,' they 'would be a disgusting sight,' Russian president tells reporters

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin shot back at Western leaders who mocked his athletic exploits, saying they would look "disgusting" if they tried to emulate his bare-torso appearances, per the AP . Putin made the comment during a visit to Turkmenistan early Thursday when asked about Western leaders joking about him...

Boris Johnson Calls Out Putin for 'Toxic Masculinity'

The remarks came during an interview following the G7 summit

(Newser) - World leaders have called Vladimir Putin a terrorist and war criminal, and analysts have scrutinized the Russian leader's mental state. But Boris Johnson may be the first to bring gender directly into the mix, saying Putin's war is a "perfect example of toxic masculinity," per the...

3 Precedents Don't Bode Well for Johnson
Not Many
Are Buying
Post-Vote Spin
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Not Many Are Buying Johnson's Post-Vote Spin

British PM celebrates surviving no-confidence vote, but history is not on his side

(Newser) - After surviving a no-confidence vote on Monday, Boris Johnson put the best possible face on things. The British prime minister called it an "extremely good, positive, conclusive, decisive result," one that would allow him to "move on," per the Guardian . What Johnson glossed over is that...

Boris Johnson Learns His Fate
Boris Johnson Learns His Fate  

Boris Johnson Learns His Fate

He narrowly survived no-confidence vote

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a vote of no confidence in his leadership Monday—but the margin of victory was far too close for comfort and analysts believe the mutiny could still mark the beginning of the end of his leadership. The final vote among Conservative members of Parliament...

Boris Johnson's Own Party May Oust Him Monday
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Mutiny Monday
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Boris Johnson Faces Party Mutiny Monday

He faces a no-confidence vote that could end his run as prime minister

(Newser) - The slow-burning "partygate" scandal in Britain may doom Boris Johnson after all. Members of his own Conservative party will hold a no-confidence vote Monday that could end his three-year run as prime minister, reports the BBC . The vote comes on the heels of a scathing report showing that Johnson...

'Partygate' Report Is Out, and It's 'Damning'

Senior civil servant Sue Gray’s much-anticipated report on Boris Johnson's government is out

(Newser) - It's been a long trickle of stories about the alleged partying that happened during the COVID lockdown among Boris Johnson's government, but none quite like this one. A probe into "Partygate" was released Wednesday, and the Guardian calls it a "damning verdict on the party culture...

Boris Johnson Defends Female Lawmaker After Paper's Slam

I 'deplore the misogyny directed at her anonymously today,' PM says of Angela Rayner

(Newser) - Boris Johnson is trying to distance himself from a new controversy in British politics, one revolving around a newspaper article condemned as misogynistic. Over the weekend, the Mail on Sunday quoted anonymous lawmakers from Johnson's Conservative Party who accused opposition lawmaker Angela Rayner of trying to distract Johnson in...

UK's Controversial Plan: Ship Asylum Seekers to Rwanda

Refugee groups and humanitarian organizations are denouncing the plan

(Newser) - The British government on Thursday announced a plan under which some asylum-seekers—generally single men—will be put on a one-way flight to Rwanda. It's part of a deal that involves an up-front payment of $158 million being made to Rwanda. Once the asylum seekers arrive in that country,...

Calls for Johnson's Resignation Grow Amid 'Partygate' Update

British PM will be fined by police for breaching COVID regulations during lockdown bashes

(Newser) - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said Tuesday that he and Rishi Sunak, the nation's Treasury chief, will be fined by police for breaching COVID-19 regulations following allegations of lockdown parties at government offices while millions in Britain were barred from meeting with friends and family, per the...

Johnson, Zelensky Meet in Kyiv
Boris Johnson Goes to Kyiv

Boris Johnson Goes to Kyiv

Austrian chancellor also visited, as allies promise more aid and support

(Newser) - In what he called "a show of our unwavering support for the people of Ukraine," UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an unannounced trip to Kyiv on Saturday to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky. While there, Johnson announced a new package of financial and military aid to help...

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