UK: Home Secretary Suella Braverman resigns

Another setback for Liz Truss. British Home Secretary Suella Braverman announced her resignation on Wednesday (October 19th). She admits having committed a “mistake” by sending an official document to a “trusted parliamentary colleague” from a home address. She smashes the government, which has “broken key promises”citing in particular the fight against illegal immigration.

The former Minister of Transport appointed

His departure, if it does not seem linked to a rebellion within the government like the one which had pushed Boris Johnson to the departure in July, falls badly for Liz Truss, who seeks to regain control after the tearing apart on Monday, by her Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt for the massive tax cuts she had promised.

Rejected by public opinion, challenged within her own majority, the conservative leader assured that she wanted to remain in office despite the abandonment of her economic program, which had caused a storm on the financial markets. But his position appears to be weakened with the departure of a new heavyweight from his government, less than a week after having had to dismiss his finance minister and close friend, Kwasi Kwarteng.

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Former British Transport Minister Grant Shapps was appointed Home Secretary on Wednesday to replace Suella Braverman. This choice sends a signal of opening, while Grant Shapps had supported during the campaign the rival of Liz Truss during the race in Downing Street, the ex-finance minister Rishi Sunak.

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