Amid 'Reshuffle', UK Conservatives Accuse Jeremy Hunt Of 'Globalist Coup'
Struggling British Prime Minister Liz Truss lost the second of her key cabinet officials on Wednesday, as Home Secretary Seulla Braverman resigned after less than six weeks in the job.
Braverman, a prominent Brexiteer and skeptic of the European Convention on Human Rights, was allegedly relieved of her duties “after mishandling secret documents on a personal phone,” according to Bloomberg reporter Alex Wickham, who cited “multiple sources with direct knowledge” of the circumstances surrounding her departure.
She becomes the second holder of one of Britain’s great offices of state under Prime Minister Liz Truss’ fledgling government to leave her job within the last week after former chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, was sacked on Friday evening and replaced by Remainer Jeremy Hunt.
As Remix News' Thomas Brooke reports, British conservatives have suggested that something else may be afoot with Nigel Farage tweeting:
“The Hunt reshuffle is on. Suella Braverman looks to be out. According to reports, she will be replaced by Grant Shapps,” who the former UKIP and Brexit Party leader describes as a “Remainer and Globalist.”
“This is a coup, the Conservative party is dead,” Farage added.
The #HuntReshuffle is on. Suella Braverman looks to be out (Leaver and ECHR-sceptic).— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) October 19, 2022
According to reports, she will be replaced by Grant Shapps (Remainer and Globalist).
This is a coup, the Conservative party is dead.
There have been numerous suggestions over the past turbulent week in British politics that Jeremy Hunt is now pulling the strings in government. Having overturned almost all of Liz Truss’ low-tax economic plan announced just one month ago earlier this week, many began to conclude that Truss may be in office, but is certainly not in power.
'It sounds as though Jeremy Hunt has been putting pressure on the Prime Minister to get rid of Suella Braverman.'— GB News (@GBNEWS) October 19, 2022
GB News' Olivia Utley reacts after a Home Office source has confirmed that Suella Braverman has departed as Home Secretary. pic.twitter.com/qR3FNA1lHf
A brief, albeit minor counterattack at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday proved to be a false dawn, and Braverman’s departure is likely to anger huge swathes of the Conservative parliamentary party.
Make no mistake - at the root of Suella Braverman's resignation is a difference of view on immigration. Truss wants to follow Boris Johnson by liberalising policy on immigration & ducking fight with ECHR on small boats. Braverman thinks this is a betrayal of the 2019 electorate.— Matt Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) October 19, 2022
Reporter for The Sun newspaper, Noa Hoffman, tweeted following the announcement that Braverman “was due to make a major announcement about slashing student visa numbers tomorrow.”
In her letter to the prime minister, Braverman explained that “it is with the greatest regret that I am choosing to tender my resignation.”
She admitted to sending an “official document” from her personal email to a “trusted parliamentary colleague” earlier on Wednesday, which she accepted “constitutes a technical infringement of the rules.”
Further down in her statement to Liz Truss, Braverman expressed her “concerns about the direction of this government.
“Not only have we broken key pledges that were promised to our voters, but I have had serious concerns about this Government’s commitment to honoring manifesto commitments, such as reducing overall migration numbers and stopping illegal migration, particularly the dangerous small boat crossings.”
Braverman added that while it had been a “great honor” to serve at the Home Office, “it has been very clear that there is much to do in terms of delivering on the priorities of the British people."
“They deserve policing they can respect, an immigration policy they want and voted for in such unambiguous numbers at the last election, and laws which serve the public good, and not the interests of selfish protestors,” she added.
Read her full resignation letter below:
My letter to the Prime Minister. pic.twitter.com/TaWO1PMOF2— Suella Braverman MP (@SuellaBraverman) October 19, 2022
Chief Whip Wendy Morton also resigned from Liz Truss’s UK government following a brutal fight to contain a parliamentary rebellion on Wednesday, according to two people with knowledge of her decision.
Morton’s deputy, Craig Whittaker, also quit, the people said, as Labour MP Chris Bryant called for an investigation into scenes of apparent manhandling as whips tried to get people into the voting lobbies over the decision to lift the ban on fracking in the UK.
Finally, for clarification of the establishment agenda, we note that Andrew Neil tweeted that 'it was over' for Truss (and "her know nothing ideologues"): "Truss government collapsing around her. She’s U-turned on nearly every major economic policy. Now lost control of economy policy. Lost her Chancellor, Home Secretary now Chief Whip. Replaced by non-Trussites. It’s over. Time for cabinet/senior Tory MPs to tell her, quickly, now."