Defiant and determined, Boris Johnson wasted no time in plotting his political comeback as he launched a scathing attack on Rishi Sunak, accusing him of “talking rubbish.”
In a day filled with heated exchanges, the former Prime Minister, true to his character, emerged fighting and made a resolute promise: “I’ll be back.”
This powerful declaration sent shockwaves through British politics, signaling Johnson’s unwavering determination to remain a significant force.
In a personal message, Johnson expressed his gratitude to the readers of SurgeZirc UK, acknowledging their unwavering support.
He pledged to continue pushing the Conservative Party to fulfill its commitments on Brexit and the 2019 manifesto.
Clearly, Johnson’s determination to leave his mark on British politics remains unshaken.
The feud between Johnson and Sunak escalated into a bitter public dispute on Monday.
Johnson launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister, accusing him of “talking rubbish” in response to Sunak’s claim that Johnson had asked him to bend the rules regarding peerages.
The tension between the two influential figures reached its peak as Johnson reiterated the famous words he spoke on the steps of Downing Street when announcing his resignation: “I’ll be back.”
Johnson expressed his gratitude to the Express readers across the country for their unwavering support.
He emphasized the need to fully deliver on Brexit and the 2019 manifesto while setting his sights on a resounding victory over the Labour Party in the next election.
He firmly stated that nothing less than absolute triumph and complete implementation of Brexit would suffice. To add emphasis, he quoted the iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger, saying, “I’ll be back.”
SurgeZirc received an overwhelming influx of letters from Johnson’s supporters, enraged by the manner in which he was forced out.
In an online poll conducted on the website, an astounding 99 percent of the 1,600 participants voted in favor of the belief that the former Prime Minister had been hounded out by a kangaroo court.
Following a weekend marked by bitter recriminations between Johnson’s supporters and Sunak’s backers within the Conservative party, tensions further intensified on Monday.
Speaking at the London Tech Week conference, the Prime Minister utilized the live televised event to take a swipe at Johnson.
Sunak claimed that Johnson had requested him to go against the House of Lords Appointments Commission (Holac) vetting committee and bend the rules to facilitate his nominations for peerages.
Unyielding, Sunak asserted that he deemed such actions inappropriate and made it clear that he would not comply. He stated, “I didn’t think it was right, and if people don’t like that, then tough.”
Not one to back down, Johnson promptly refuted Sunak’s assertions, labeling them as “rubbish.” He clarified that honoring the peerages did not require overriding Holac but simply requesting a renewal of their vetting, which he considered a mere formality.
Johnson’s resignation honours list, released on Friday, noticeably excluded the names of sitting MPs, including former Cabinet Ministers Nadine Dorries and Sir Alok Sharma, as well as former minister Nigel Adams.
Accusing the Prime Minister of reneging on a deal, Johnson’s camp claimed that Sunak had surreptitiously blocked the peerages, refusing to allow the individuals to undergo basic checks that would have taken mere weeks or even days.
Downing Street vehemently denied the allegations, stating that it was “entirely untrue” that Sunak or members of his No. 10 team had removed any names from the peerages submission.
Following Johnson’s announcement of his resignation, both Adams and Dorries declared their intention to step down as well, triggering three challenging by-elections for the Prime Minister as his party lags behind in the polls.
Simultaneously, the report investigating whether the former Prime Minister misled parliament is expected to be released as early as Tuesday.
Speculations indicate that the panel was considering recommending a 10-day suspension, which could potentially trigger a by-election in Johnson’s west London seat. The suspension could extend to 20 days or more.
In his resignation statement on Friday night, Johnson dismissed the committee as a “kangaroo court” aiming to “drive me out.”
Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt, taking a swipe at her former boss, criticized those attacking Parliament for carrying out its work. She emphasized the importance of standing firm against those who undermine institutions and the media, warning of severe consequences if not addressed.
Conservative peer Lord Marland attributed personal jealousy as a contributing factor among Tory members of the Privileges Committee.
He highlighted the existence of varying viewpoints and personal rivalry within the Conservative Party, as is the case within the Labour Party.
According to him, facing an entirely Labour group may be preferable in some ways, as determining who will become the next Prime Minister has historically led to the vilification of the outgoing leader.
Downing Street defended the parliamentary inquiry, asserting that the MPs were diligently fulfilling their duties as mandated by Parliament.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson affirmed that the committee was operating within its designated framework and should not be subjected to criticism or defamation.
A Tory minister who supported Boris expressed conviction in Rishi’s approach to Boris, remarking, “I’m now convinced that this is exactly the right move from Rishi on Boris, after chatting to colleagues today. Rishi’s lanced the boil of bull**** and is showing he’s the change.”
This statement further highlights the deep divisions and divergent opinions within the Conservative Party.