Government crisis in London: British government on the brink of collapse? resignations and chaos

The government crisis in London, which has been smoldering for weeks, worsened considerably on Wednesday.

Government crisis in London: British government on the brink of collapse? resignations and chaos

The government crisis in London, which has been smoldering for weeks, worsened considerably on Wednesday. After Prime Minister Liz Truss showed defiance during Question Time in Parliament at noon and refused to resign, the situation seemed to get out of control in the evening.

First, the conservative head of government lost her second cabinet member within days with the probably forced resignation of Interior Minister Suella Braverman. Some of the group leadership later reportedly resigned after the government initially declared a parliamentary vote a vote of confidence but backtracked at the last minute.

Truss' situation is getting worse and worse

The situation for Truss seems to be considerably worse than the day before. The 47-year-old, who has only been in office for six weeks, is fighting for office after she triggered financial chaos with planned tax breaks and had to make an about-face.

According to unconfirmed reports, Chief Whip in charge of party discipline, Wendy Morton, resigned shortly after a vote in the House of Commons. The motion by the opposition Labor Party was rejected by a large majority. But many Conservative MPs are said to have been extremely reluctant to vote against the proposal to introduce legislation to ban fracking. There may also have been a number of abstentions.

Labor MP Chris Bryant and other members of the opposition also accused Conservative MPs of being pushed in a certain direction, sometimes with shouts and shoves, and that they were not able to vote freely and unhindered.

MP: Never seen anything like it

In the conservative faction, nerves are stretched to breaking point. The chaos cast "a pathetic light on the Conservative Party and the current government in every respect," MP Charles Walker said in an interview with the BBC. There is no turning back from this situation, in his 17 years in Parliament he has never seen anything comparable. "It's a mess and a disgrace. I'm incredibly shocked, I'm angry," Walker said.

Only last Friday, Truss fired her Treasury Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, and replaced her with former Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt. On Monday, Hunt reversed almost all elements of its tax policy, which was only announced at the end of September. He announced that the energy price cap, which was actually intended for two years, would be limited to six months. Truss transferred Braverman's post to ex-Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who is also considered to be experienced. But it is questionable whether she can save her office with this.

"I'm a fighter and not a slacker," Truss had called out in parliament at noon when she was put under considerable pressure by the opposition because of the financial chaos and called for her resignation. She earned fierce ridicule and malice from the opposition benches.

Criticism via letter of resignation from Braverman

More criticism came later in Braverman's resignation letter. Important promises to voters have been broken, and she also has "great concerns about this administration's commitment to our election platform, such as limiting the total number of immigrants and stopping illegal migration, particularly the dangerous boat crossings," Braverman wrote.

The former interior minister belongs to the extreme right wing of the party. She repeatedly made a name for herself with statements about her plans for tougher procedures in the case of deportations. She recently railed against "tofu-eating" leftists in parliament.

Braverman gave "a technical breach" of confidentiality rules as the reason for her resignation. She forwarded an official document from her personal email address to a "trusted parliamentary colleague," Braverman wrote. Much of it was already known, but it was "right for me to go". She is now expected to work against Truss from the back benches. In reply to the letter of resignation, Truss said it was important to respect confidentiality within the Cabinet.