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Boris Johnson remains interim PM until successor found

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Boris Johnson will stay as interim prime minister of the United Kingdom until the Conservative party decide on who succeeds him

Boris Johnson resigned as United Kingdom’s prime minister, triggering a race to fill the top job.

“I know that there will be many people who are relieved and perhaps quite a few who will also be disappointed. And I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world. But them’s the breaks.”

BORIS JOHNSON
FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

By midday on Thursday, 59 Ministers in Boris Johnson’s government had resigned their posts.

Less than one hour later, Boris Johnson appeared at 10 Downing Street’s front door – saying it was clear a new leader was needed.

It was a speech noted for its absence words like “resign” or “resignation”.

“It was a short and bizarre resignation speech which didn’t mention the word resign or resignation once. There was no apology, no contrition,”

Andrew Bridgen
CONSERVATIVE MP

Despite a meteoric rise to the UK’s top job, Boris Johnson’s prime ministership quickly plunged into scandal and outrage.

He took over the reigns from Theresa May, who failed to deliver Brexit on her watch.

He called an election for December 12, 2019 with the promise to “Get Brexit Done” and won the Conservatives an 80-seat majority, paving the way for a rapid Brexit.

But the twilight of his prime ministership saw increasing scandals and disgrace that ate away at his authority and support.

Parties and socialising that took place in Number 10 during the height of Coronavirus pandemic lockdowns were revealed, and became persistent scandal.

Luxurious and expensive renovations of the residences within Number 10 were a further source of public anger.

As was the appointment of a minister who was accused of sexual misconduct.

Ultimately, Boris Johnson, famed for his bluster, banter and cavalier bravado could not hold onto power.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves from the back entrance of Downing Street in London, Britain June 6, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Boris Johnson leaves behind a post-Brexit nation

He leaves behind Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK that shares a land border with the European Union, facing increased bureaucracy, paperwork and delays in customs.

An increasingly loud Scotland with Nicola Sturgeon making the case for another attempt at Scottish independence.


And a country reeling from a cost of living crisis.

Whoever ultimately takes over from Boris Johnson will have to hit the ground running.

Simon is a ticker NEWS corespondent in London. Simon started his career in his hometown of Sydney as a news video producer for NineMSN, then moved to the UK with Good Morning Britain on ITV, followed by a TV reporter for a local news service in Manchester in England’s north. Simon joins ticker News after several years in the London headquarters of ITN Productions as a news producer, and as an assistant news editor for ITV News.

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Nord Stream pipe attack “acts of sabotage”

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The US State Department has described recent leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines as “apparent acts of sabotage”

U.S State Department spokesperson Ned Price says they have more questions than answers at this point.

Adding Secretary of State Antony Blinken will begin discussing the issue with European counterparts as soon as Wednesday.

Price confirmed the leak “impacts Europe’s broader energy security and energy resilience”.

When was pressed on whether sabotage would rise to the level of a breach of NATO Article 5, he declined to speculate.

But noted the investigation could take some time.

It comes as European countries ramp up their military presence at oil and gas facilities, following the Nord Stream incident.

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Russia is about to annex Ukraine, so what happens next?

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Moscow is about to annex a swath of Ukraine, releasing what it called vote tallies showing support in four partially occupied provinces to join Russia.

It looks like Russia is poised to annex a large chunk of Ukraine.

This comes after so-called referendums were held in four occupied provinces, which showed overwhelming support for joining Russia.

Of course, these referendums were anything but legitimate. They were held at gunpoint and were widely denounced by Kyiv and the West as sham votes.

“They can announce anything they want. Nobody voted in the referendum except a few people who switched sides. They went from house to house but nobody came out,” said Lyubomir Boyko, 43, from Golo Pristan, a village in Russian-occupied Kherson province.

People attend a rally and a concert in support of annexation referendums in Russian-held regions of Ukraine, in Saint Petersburg on September 23, 2022. 

Moscow takes charge

Nevertheless, it looks like Moscow is moving ahead with its plans to absorb these Ukrainian regions. A tribune has been set up on Red Square, with giant video screens proclaiming “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson – Russia!”

The Russian-installed administrations of the four Ukrainian provinces on Wednesday formally asked Putin to incorporate them into Russia, which Russian officials have suggested is a formality.

“The results are clear. Welcome home, to Russia!,” Dmitry Medvedev, a former president who serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said on Telegram.

It’s expected that President Vladimir Putin will give a speech within days confirming the annexation. This would mean that, in just over a week, Putin has gone from endorsing the sham referendums to formalizing the annexation of Ukrainian territory.

This latest development is sure to increase tensions between Russia and the West. It also further diminishes the chances of a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine.

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EU sees Nord Stream gas pipeline leaks as ‘a deliberate act’

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European countries are investigating two Russian gas pipelines that have leaked into the baltic sea near Denmark and Sweden

The Nord Stream carries gas from Russia to the rest of Europe.

Governments around Europe are being cautious to not rule out sabotage… as evidence so far suggests it has been physically damaged.

But U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says it would be ‘in no-one’s interest’ to damage this essential energy source.

The leaks have led Denmark to restrict shipping in a five nautical mile radius…. while in Sweden, the country’s prime minister says the leaks are seen as deliberate acts.

In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters “No option can be ruled out right now.”

Both pipelines have been crucial talking points in an escalating energy war between Europe and Moscow.

It’s sent gas prices soaring around the world as countries race to find alternative energy sources.

Nord Stream itself says “its not possible to estimate a timeframe” to fix the leaks.

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