UK: Interior Minister Resigns After 43 Days In Office

UK: Interior Minister Resigns After 43 Days In Office
Suella Braverman



The Minister of the Interior in the United Kingdom (UK) Suella Braverman has resigned from her position after just 43 days in the role. She announced her resignation on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, citing a breach of rules as well as concerns over the direction of the government. In a resignation letter posted on social


media, Braverman said, It is with the greatest regret that I am choosing to tender my resignation. In the letter, she said she had sent an official document - a draft written ministerial statement that had not been published from her personal email to a parliamentary colleague in order to get support for her policy. This, she said, constitutes a



technical infringement of the rules. Braverman said that she had realized her mistake and reported it to official channels, but that resigning was the right thing to do. In a letter to Braverman posted on the Downing Street website, Truss wrote; I accept your resignation and respect the decision you have made. It is important that



the Ministerial Code is upheld, and that Cabinet confidentiality is respected.” The departure is the latest surprise turn of events for the U.K.’s Conservative Party, whose government led by Prime Minister Liz Truss has come under increasing fire for throwing markets into turbulence and drastically changing policy plans within



the span of a few days. Braverman ran against Truss for the Conservative leadership race this summer but was knocked out in an early stage. She has held past roles as attorney general, from 2020 to 2022, and in the “Brexit” department in 2018. In her short time as home secretary, beginning with the Truss government on September 6,



2022 she has made headlines for outspoken comments on reducing net migration, affirming the controversial policy of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda, and just on Wednesday morning defending the government’s Public Order Bill. It comes at a hugely turbulent time for the government, with Truss under intense pressure to



resign just two months into her premiership after a budget on Sept. 23 sparked chaos in financial markets. On Friday, Truss fired her Finance Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, over the incident, despite having campaigned on the program of tax cuts which set off the chaos. Kwarteng was succeeded by former Health Secretary



Jeremy Hunt, who on Monday proceeded to reverse the majority of the economic policies laid out in the government’s mini-budget announced on Sept. 23. Brought in a bid to calm markets and project an image of stability, Hunt has provoked rumor of being more in control of government than Truss and even a potential



successor. Shapps, Braverman’s successor, was not initially given a so-called front bench role by Truss. He was also among the Conservative voices who criticized elements of her tax cut program, saying that the removal of the top rate of income tax had jarred for people in a way which was unsustainable. In her letter, Braverman



referred to the wider government, adding that it was obvious to everyone that we are going through a tumultuous time” and said she had concerns about the direction of this government. Braverman said she was concerned about the breaking of key pledges to voters, though did not specifically highlight the recent U-turn on



fiscal policy, instead citing pledges to reduce overall migration numbers and small boat crossings to the U.K. Truss and Braverman had been reportedly clashing behind the scenes on revising U.K. migration policy as the nation faces acute worker shortages. In what could also be read as a message to the embattled prime



minister, Braverman said; The business of government relies upon people accepting responsibility for their mistakes. Pretending we haven’t made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can’t see that we have made them, and hoping that things will magically come right is not serious politics. I have made a mistake; I accept responsibility; I resign.