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WATCH: Boris Johnson's Parting Words as He Prepares to Step Down

Amid various scandals and controversies, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this month that he would resign as Conservative Party leader and therefore step down as leader of the government. Under the UK's parliamentary system, his successor will be selected by the party, then become prime minister – likely until the next general election or beyond. 

In his final session of "Prime Minister's Questions" in the House of Commons yesterday, Johnson offered some parting words and advice: 

It's not surprising that he leaned into the finalization and implementation of Brexit, a crucial achievement, his steadfast support for Ukraine, and his massive 2019 election win as defining legacies of his term at the helm. I'd bet that some British conservatives wished he'd done more on the conservative governance front, and perhaps that critique will play into the results of the leadership contest that's currently underway. His admonition about Twitter governance feels particularly relevant across the ocean, where the Biden administration and Democrats have seemed bullied by, and beholden to, their tribe's angry social media bubble. Boris' sage counsel for politicians is to ignore much of that noise and remember who elected them and why. Meanwhile, the race to replace Johnson (parliament is going into recess until the fall) has been whittled down to two candidates: 

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss would be the country's third female PM (all Tories), while former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak would be Britain's first Prime Minister of color. My understanding is that Truss may be slightly favored heading into the head-to-head. She is considered the more conservative choice, while Sunak is a more polished communicator. The winner will be revealed in early September. And Boris' final go 'round at the despatch box presents a wonderful excuse to flashback to Margaret Thatcher's swan song in 1990, after 11 years as Prime Minister. In it, she put on a clinic in dismantling the left's misplaced obsession with economic inequality. "And what a policy!" 

"I'm enjoying this!" 


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