UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid resigned on Tuesday, which has caused Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to go into crisis.
Rishi Sunak quoted in his resignation letter, “To leave ministerial office is a serious matter at any time. For me to step down as Chancellor. While the world is suffering the economic consequences of the pandemic. The war in Ukraine and other serious challenges is a decision that I have not taken lightly. The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously. I recognize this may be my last ministerial job. But I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”
Rishi Sunak resigns from top job
Sajid Javid said he had lost confidence in Johnson’s ability to govern in the national interest after a series of scandals, saying he could “no longer continue in good conscience”. He said that many lawmakers and the public had lost confidence in Johnson’s ability to govern in the national interest.
“I regret to say, however, that it is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership – and you have therefore lost my confidence too,” Mr Javid said in a letter to Mr Johnson.
This comes as Johnson tried to apologise for the scandal involving a sexual misconduct allegation against one of his MP-minister, Chris Pincher.
Sunak also came under the lens earlier in the year. After it was reported that his wife Akshata Murthy held 0.9 per cent shares in the Russian software giant, Infosys. This was reported after the decision of the government to “fully support” UK firms that pull out of Russia voluntarily. In response to these allegations, Sunak had denied any connection with the multinational firm. He said he had “nothing to do” with Infosys, in which his wife Akshata Murthy held shares. He has also urged UK firms to pull out of Russia to inflict “economic pain” on President Vladimir Putin.
Rishi Sunak was expected to be the next Prime Minister of UK considering he was tremendously popular in the House of Commons.