London – British Queen Elizabeth II. today at his Scottish summer residence of Balmoral, he will accept the resignation of outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He then appoints the current foreign minister, Liz Truss, who was elected head of the Conservative Party instead of Johnson in an internal party vote, to head the government.
As usual, the outgoing Prime Minister will make a speech outside the Prime Minister’s residence in Downing Street in the morning. He then heads to Scotland’s Balmoral. Truss will arrive at the Queen’s summer residence shortly after at 12:10 p.m. local time (1:10 p.m. CEST) and leave the castle about half an hour later, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday. Politicians will travel to and from Scotland separately for security reasons.
The Queen first formally dismisses Johnson and then summons Truss to ask if she is ready to form a government. In Britain, since the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century, it has been customary for new prime ministers to be inaugurated at Buckingham Palace. The change of venue has therefore sparked speculation in Britain about the state of health of the 96-year-old monarch, who has canceled several public events in recent months.
Truss will make a speech in Downing Street after returning from Scotland at around 16:00 local time (17:00 CET). According to Sky News, it is possible that her speech will take place inside the prime minister’s residence. The weather forecast calls for heavy rain in the afternoon.
The new head of the Conservative Party should then appoint her cabinet. Given the pressing issues facing the government, it will have to act quickly to fill top posts, news website iNews reported. According to the website, Truss is believed to have already formed her government. But its members must officially accept the positions before Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, which Trussová will lead for the first time.
Truss defeated Rishi Sunak in an internal party vote on Monday to be elected leader of the Conservative Party. According to Reuters, Truss won by a smaller margin than any of her predecessors, suggesting she will have to make a big effort to unite a ruling party that is deeply divided and trailing in opinion polls.
Britain is plagued by a crisis of rising living costs and energy prices that other European countries are also facing, partly due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The public and the opposition expect Truss to deliver solutions to these problems. In a brief speech after the results were announced on Monday, she said she would push through a “bold plan of tax cuts” to boost the UK economy and tackle the energy price crisis.
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