British Prime Minister Boris Johnson responds to critics during Question Period in the House of Commons.
Weakened by successive resignations in his government, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is fighting for his political survival, passing on the grill of British MPs on Wednesday.
First to leave, Health Ministers Sajid Javid and Finance Ministers Rishi Sunak announced their resignations a few minutes apart on Tuesday evening, tired of the repeated scandals that have rocked the government for months.
In the process, other less senior members of the government also threw in the towel, including three Secretaries of State on Wednesday, bringing the total number of departures to more than #x27;a dozen.
The latest to go, Finance Secretary John Glen curtly justified his resignation on the grounds of a complete lack of confidence in the Prime Minister .
Determined to stay, Boris Johnson defends his position in Parliament during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session.
He will then face the chairs of the main committees of the House of Commons, including some of his most vocal critics within his Conservative Party.
Some demonstrators demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Johnson on Wednesday near the British parliament.
The two shock resignations on Tuesday evening were announced when the Prime Minister had just apologized after yet another scandal, acknowledging that he had made a mistake in appointing Chris Pincher to his government in February, deputy chief whip in charge of parliamentary discipline for the Tory MPs.
The latter resigned last week after being accused of touching two men.
After claiming the opposite, Downing Street admitted on Tuesday that the Prime Minister had been made aware as early as 2019 of old accusations against Mr Pincher, but had forgotten about them in appointing him.
For Secretary of State for Schools Robin Walker, who resigned on Wednesday, the government's great achievements have been overshadowed by mistakes and questions about the x27;integrity.
A point also raised by Mr Javid, 52, who felt that the British had a right to expect integrity from their government.
The departure of his finance colleague, Rishi Sunak, 42, comes in a particularly difficult economic context, in the midst of a crisis in the cost of living in the United Kingdom.
Boris Johnson quickly replaced the two resigners by appointing his education minister Nadhim Zahawi to finance and Steve Barclay, until then in charge of government coordination, to health.
Loyal Ministers have reaffirmed their support for him, such as Nadine Dorries, Head of Culture.
Sometimes it is easy to walk away, but much more difficult to put in place. implementation of reforms for the country, said Nadhim Zahawi on SkyNews on Wednesday.
Despite these marks of support, will Boris Johnson be able to survive this umpteenth crisis, he who has always refused to consider resignation?
In the Telegraph, former Brexit secretary David Frost, who left in December, called on him to resign, for if he hangs on he risks dragging the party and the government down with him.
Already considerably weakened by the Downing party scandal Street during the pandemic, Mr Johnson survived a vote of no confidence from his own camp a few weeks ago.
There have been several sexual cases in Parliament: an MP suspected of rape was arrested and then released on bail in mid-May, another resigned in April for watching pornography in Parliament on his mobile phone and a former MP was was sentenced in May to 18 months in prison for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy.
The departure of these last two deputies provoked legislative elections partial and heavy defeats for the Conservatives. And this while the party had already suffered a very poor result in the local elections in May.
The economic context is also particularly delicate, with inflation at its highest for 40 years, to 9.1% in May over twelve months, and social movements.
According to a poll by the YouGov institute on Tuesday evening, 69% of British voters believe that Boris Johnson should resign.
With information from Agence France-Presse