Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson made his customary morning speech outside the Prime Minister’s residence in Downing Street. He then went to Balmoral in Scotland, where the Queen spends the summer. He arrived there after noon CET. For safety reasons, Trussová is traveling on another plane, which, however, was slightly delayed.
Johnson called for an end to politicking and support for Truss. According to him, Britain will emerge stronger from the crisis. By his side when leaving 10 Downing Street, his wife Carrie was not missing in a distinctive pink overall.
Truss at the Queen’s
After officially dismissing Johnson, the Queen 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 is due to make a speech in Downing Street after returning from Scotland at around 4pm local time (5pm CEST). 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.
In any case, Nadine Dorries does not want to continue as head of the Ministry of Culture, even though Trussová asked her to do so.
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 to cut taxes”which will bring growth to the British economy and solve the energy price crisis.