Boris Johnson on Standby as Senior UK Minister
Boris Johnson has taken over from Philip Hammond as the UK’s senior minister, and will subsequently act as the country’s standby whilst Prime Minister, Theresa May is hiking in the Alps.
This means that Boris, who was originally in the running to become the next PM following Brexit, will now step in if the situation demands, and will lead the country accordingly during May’s absence.
Whilst many are weary as to whether Boris is up for the job, Downing Street are eager to accentuate how ‘the prime minister is very much in charge’. A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office revealed how:
“The foreign secretary is continuing his usual business, but is not travelling outside of the UK this week… The prime minister remains in charge and will be updated throughout.”
Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats blasted Johnson’s capability, commenting:
“Putting Boris Johnson in charge of the country is like putting the Chuckle Brothers in charge of Newsnight. Still, at least if he’s here he’s not in Rio offending everyone he meets – and there’s always Larry the cat to stop him doing anything silly.
“Perhaps he can do something useful with his time in charge, like finding the £350m a week for the NHS that he promised.”
Downing Street have clarified the duties of the senior minister on duty, explaining how “it is standard practice for a senior duty minister to be appointed whilst the PM is travelling. They can attend to urgent business or meetings if required. The PM remains in charge and will be updated throughout.”
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