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Brexit to end: Timeline for Boris Johnson’s career as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Brexit to end: Timeline for Boris Johnson’s career as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

The resignation of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as finance minister and Sajid Javid as health secretary weakened the prime minister under pressure just as he needed allies most.

The resignation of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as finance minister and Sajid Javid as health secretary weakened the prime minister under pressure just as he needed allies most.

Boris Johnson drove happiness throughout his career, returning from a series of setbacks and scandals that would have sunk other less popular politicians.

But the happiness of a man who was once compared to a “greased piglet” for his ability to escape controversy finally came to an end, after a series of high-profile resignations from his scandal-ridden government.

The resignation of the great ministers Rishi Sunak as finance minister and Sajid Javid as health secretary on July 5 weakened the prime minister under pressure just as he needed allies most.

His expected departure on July 7 – after a tidal wave of layoffs from his top team – comes just three years after he took over from Theresa May in an internal Conservative leadership contest.

He called for a quick parliamentary election in December, and won the largest Tory parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatcher’s heyday in the 1980s.

It allowed him to remove the block of years of political paralysis after the Brexit vote in 2016, to take Britain out of the EU in January 2020.

But he has faced criticism since, from his handling of the coronavirus pandemic to allegations of corruption, friendship, double standards and double standards.

Some drew parallels between his style of governing and his chaotic private life with three marriages, at least seven children and rumors of a number of issues.

Sonia Purnell, formerly of Mr. Johnson Daily Telegraph colleague, suggested that Mr. Sunak and Mr. Javid may have realized what she and others have in front of them.

“The closer you get to him, the less you like him, and the less you can trust him,” she said Sky News.

“He really fails everyone, at every point he really misleads you.”

‘Cavalier’

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson had a conventional takeover of power for a conservative politician: first the elite Eton College, then Oxford University.

At Eton, teachers complained about his “cavalier attitude” to the studies and the feeling he gave that he should be treated as “an exception”.

Mr. Johnson’s apparent attitude that rules were for other people was well demonstrated in 2006 when he inexplicably tackled rugby in an charity match with football.

His resilience to the truth was created in Oxford, where he was president of the Oxford Union, a debating society based on rhetoric and remarks instead of mastering cold, hard facts.

His privileged cohort in the backbone cave of student politics yielded many leading Brexiters.

Right after Oxford, he married his first wife – fellow student Allegra Mostyn-Owen – despite his mother’s concerns.

“I did not like the fact that he was on the right,” said Gaia Servadio, who died last year, of Mr. Johnson’s cinema Tom Bower.

“But above all, I did not like his character. For him, the truth does not exist.”

After university he was fired The times the newspaper after making up a quote, then joined Telegraph as its Brussels correspondent.

From there, he fed the growing conservative Euroscepticism of the 1990s with regular “euro myths” about alleged EU plans for a federal mega-state that threatens British sovereignty.

Outraged rivals accused of matching his dubious exclusives described some of his stories as “complete nonsense”.

Opportunism

Mr. Johnson took advantage of his increasingly high profile from Brussels, with satirical TV quiz appearances, newspaper and magazine columns.

Much of his journalism has since been reproduced at length, especially his unconstructed views on issues from single mothers and homosexuality to British colonialism.

He became a Member of Parliament in 2004, with the then Tory leader Michael Howard firing him from the shadow cabinet for lying about an extramarital affair.

From 2008 to 2016, he served two terms as mayor of London, promoting himself as a pro-EU liberal, an attitude he left as soon as the Brexit vote came.

He became the “abandoned” campaign’s galleon figure, exploiting his popular image as an unconventional but sympathetic villain as the fastest way to power.

His former editor knows Telegraph, Max Hastings, described it as cynical – but not unexpected. Mr. Johnson, he said, “cares no interest except for his own fame and satisfaction.”

On July 6, as Mr. Johnson’s invitations came, Hastings entered The times that the Prime Minister had “violated any rule of decency, and made no attempt to pursue a coherent political agenda beyond Brexit”.

But he was “the same moral bankruptcy as when the Conservative Party elected him, as disgraceful in his performance of office as in his leadership of his life.”

“We now need a prime minister who will restore the dignity and self-respect of the country and its system of government,” he added.

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