Suella Braverman became the second senior minister to walk out of UK PM Liz Truss’s Cabinet in just two weeks on Wednesday. Here’s how a 90-minute shouting match in the Commons led to the freefall of Truss’s premiership .
UK PM Liz Truss. (File pic)
By India Today Web Desk: Suella Braverman’s resignation marked the second big-ticket exit from UK PM Liz Truss’s Cabinet in just a week after Kwasi Kwarteng’s removal as the finance minister amid political and economic turmoil in Britain. Braverman’s exit was preceded by a 90-minute shouting match in the Commons that gave a clear picture of the mess Truss was in, reported the Daily Mail.
In just a few hours, Truss sacked Suella Braverman after a 90-minute shouting match and then saw her Chief Whip ‘call it quits’.
The ousted Home Secretary launched a scathing attack on the PM, accusing her of breaking key pledges and wobbling over manifesto commitments such as reduced migration.
Chief Whip Wendy Morton and her deputy Craig Whittaker appeared to quit after Miss Truss reversed her plan to expel Tory MPs who voted against the government on fracking.
Amid chaos in the Commons, Deputy Prime Minister Therese Coffey and Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg were accused of ‘manhandling’ MPs through the voting lobbies – a claim both ministers denied.
As the government discipline collapsed, Whittaker was heard telling his colleagues, “I am f***ing furious and I don’t give a f*** anymore.”
Even the Tory MPs were seen shouting at an ashen-faced Miss Truss, “It’s a shambles.”
A Cabinet ally of the PM said it looked impossible for her to recover her authority, adding, “It feels like it’s over.”
One thing led to another and senior Tory MPs began discussing strategies to oust Truss, although the precise timing and mechanism remain unclear, as does the question of who might succeed her.
Some MPs believe her authority is draining away so quickly that she will be forced to resign by the weekend, possibly as early as today.
Downing Street said Braverman, the shortest serving Home Secretary of modern times, had resigned after sending a confidential document to a Tory MP in breach of the ministerial code.
However, she also cited concerns over the direction of Prime Minister Liz Truss, government. In the letter, Braverman cited “technical infringement of rules” pertaining to an email she sent to “trusted parliamentary colleague”. She said that she had sent a draft written ministerial statement on migration, which was due for publication. “Much of it was briefed to MPs.Nevertheless, it is right for me to go,” Braverman wrote to the PM.
She said that she reported the matter over official channels as soon as she realised her mistake. “I have made a mistake. I accept responsibility and I resign,” she wrote.
Another said Mrs Braverman was furious at being asked to relax immigration rules in order to boost economic growth and satisfy the Office for Budget Responsibility that the Government’s economic plans added up.
A source said she told Miss Truss the idea was ‘insane, adding: ‘Are we just going to junk every manifesto commitment going?’
One member said raised voices could be heard outside. Braverman clashed with the PM over her plan to relax visa rules as part of a major trade deal with India. Miss Truss is said to have initially planned to appoint Javid as Home Secretary, a role he has filled before.
But the two were locked in a stand-off because of the briefing row over which the aide had been suspended.