(ANSA) – LONDON, FEBRUARY 20 – Pressure is mounting in Britain’s Conservative Party on the leadership of Rishi Sunak, who was crippled by disastrous polls just four months after arriving at Downing Street (by a margin from Labour, which is stabilized below 20 points, which if voted today would mean Tory seats decimated). And according to the media, behind the umpteenth turmoil this time around are – at least in part – former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s orphans: determined to exact revenge on the summer’s anti-BoJo plot.
The latest part of the saga has been the running of the gauntlet by various right-wing MPs against what was then announced by the current Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, in the tax on corporate profits from 19% to 25% of inflation. While it was Boris himself over the weekend who warned “Rishi” – a Brexiteer from the start but pragmatic in talks with the EU over changing the post-Brexit protocol on Northern Ireland – against giving in in exchange for a deal on his controversial Draft law aimed at giving primacy to national legislation over international law in these matters: a law hated in Brussels, denounced by many as illegitimate and potentially capable of sabotaging the progress of the negotiations on the protocol just mentioned.
As if that wasn’t enough, another signal was a vote of no confidence in the veteran Damian Green: ex-deputy prime minister in Theresa May’s government, then overwhelmed by a red-light scandal, but still a leading member of the moderate Tory stream in the House of Commons, believed to be one of the most active anti-Johnson conspirators in 2022. Vote expressed by grassroots members in his own constituency that will prevent him from running again in the next general election at the end of 2024. ( ANSA).
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