UK Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns

Fox News reports that Liz Truss, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, has just announced her resignation. 

Truss was in post for less than two months – 45 days to be precise. And, now, it is expected that she will relinquish her power by the 52-day mark, which will make Truss’s term the shortest ever.

Background

Truss, leading up to her resignation announcement, had been facing an increasing number of calls for her to step down.

Truss ran on a right-wing platform that primarily focused on economic reform, especially the lowering of taxes, and on anti-illegal immigration. But, things have not gone according to plan, and measures taken by Truss resulted in economic instability in the United Kingdom.

It also didn’t help that Truss didn’t really appear to have the support of her party in parliament.

Nonetheless, earlier this week, Truss insisted that she would not give in to the calls for her to step down, saying, “I am a fighter and not a quitter.”

The announcement

It wasn’t long after Truss said that she is “not a quitter” that Truss made her resignation announcement.

“I recognise, though, given this situation, I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative party,” Truss said on Thursday afternoon.

“I have therefore spoken to His Majesty the King to notify him I am resigning as leader of the Conservative Party,” she added.

Truss also said that she has spoken to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, and that she and Brady agreed that “a leadership election to be completed within the next week.” Until then, Truss will remain in that leadership position.

The big question . . .

All attention now is focused on who it is that is going to take over for Truss. Some of the top names in the running include Rishi Sunak, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Penny Mordaunt. It is expected that a new leader could be selected by Monday.

Nigel Farage likely best summed up how British conservatives are feeling about Truss’s resignation, writing:

So that’s it. After 45 days as PM, Truss goes. The replacement will be a stich up by Tory MPs. The party is now Labour-lite and serves no purpose.