Boris Johnson’s potential replacement awaits the evolution of the crisis

Increased pressure on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has fueled speculation about possible resignations or dismissals and, in parallel, about the names of people who will be called upon to move to Downing Street. Currently, nothing moves tabs.

opposition and even leading member of the Conservative Party has publicly asked Johnson to resign. The ‘premier’ has confined himself for now to apologizing for his attendance at a party in May 2020, but new controversies have not stopped escaping, most recently around several events held the night before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April 2021.

If Johnson follows in the footsteps of his predecessors Theresa May and David Cameron and resigns, the race for succession will begin among the Conservatives, without the need for new elections. The ‘stories’ can also force the prime minister’s departure, with a motion of condemnation.

That former Secretary of State Dominic Raab He currently serves as deputy prime minister, but his ‘a priori’ loss of political weight saw him drop out of several groups that include, on the other hand, other members of the current government, including Minister of Finance Rishi Sunak.

Sunak, 41, son of immigrants, has in recent months been seen as natural replacement for the Conservative Party, but his popularity seems to have dropped recently, especially among ‘Tory’ leaders who will have the final say in their hands about a future prime minister, according to ‘The Guardian’ newspaper.

About 46 percent of conservative voters believe Sunak will do better than Johnson, according to a YouGov survey published last week. Only 16 per cent believe he will govern worse than the prime minister and 30 per cent believe that there will be no significant change.

The poll also places Sunak as the favorite to replace Johnson, with a 33 percent support rate, seven points ahead of Secretary of State Liz Truss. However, UK diplomacy heads were ahead of Sunak in another study published in late December by the Conservative Home website, by 23 per cent compared to 20 per cent of Finance chiefs.

In fact, analysts and media agree that Truss is trading higher in this regard the race buried by succession. The Secretary of State, a former defender of Britain’s immortality in the European Union, is now the main person responsible for negotiating relations with the community bloc and has discourses on freedom, patriotism and trade favored by certain conservative sectors.

Sunak and Truss are top favorites on a list that also includes the names Minister of Health, Sajid Javid, from Home Affairs, Priti Pattel, Companies, Kwasi Kwarteng, or Education, Nadhim Zahawi, among others. There were also MPs, such as Penny Mordaunt, Steve Baker and, most importantly, Jeremy Hunt.

The latter, the former secretary of state, was Johnson’s main rival in the last primaries. He was clearly defeated in the last ballot, but no one considered him banished after continuing to be under Johnson’s tutelage during these years and being fiercely loyal to the current leadership.

Hunt is listed as the third most-named candidate in the YouGov poll, with 8 percent, and fifth in the Conservative House poll, behind Mordaunt and Baker.

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