The Conservative Party has already set in motion the machinery to choose Boris Johnson’s successor. Next Monday there will be a meeting to determine how that process will be. By July 21 they hope to have two candidates campaigning over the summer. Parliamentary activity resumes in the United Kingdom on September 5 and around September 20 they would like to have a new leader of the party, who would be presented at the Conservative Congress that is held in the first days of October.
Now the question is who will be able to fill the gap left by Boris Johnson. At the moment the main candidates are two of the ministers who abandoned Johnson: Two heavyweights from his government, responsible for the health (Sajid Javid) and finance (Rishi Sunak) portfolios. Two other ministers from his cabinet are also in the pools. The foreign minister and staunch defender of Brexit, Lix Trass, and the defense minister, Ben Wallace, a figurehead during the war in Ukraine.
“On September 20 the Conservatives would like to have a new party leader”
José María de Areilza, an expert in international politics and professor at ESADE, points out that Boris Johnson’s strategy was to continue a permanent campaign against Europe without ever governing.
It also highlights that the prime minister even promoted a law that broke the very withdrawal treaty that he designed. The expert believes that with his departure there is an opportunity for the United Kingdom and the European Union to begin to weave a constructive relationship.
“The Conservatives have thrown the prime minister out of the window when they had no other choice”
“I think they have thrown the prime minister out the window when they have had no other choice, when they see that the party has a toxic candidate who is going to make them lose power,” he says of the Conservatives. The surveys show that the old voters were leaving and “once his followers have verified that it is the problem, they have not hesitated to remove him from the party.”