LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week was denied power over Brexit, renounced new elections and was abandoned by his little brother.
Now another senior minister has quit his government and the ruling Conservative Party to protest Johnson's efforts to withdraw Britain from the European Union on 31 October, with or without a deal.
Amber Rudd resigned on Saturday, putting increasing pressure on the ever-intensifying prime minister.
Johnson expelled 21 members of his own party on Tuesday after backing an opposition plan to try to block Brexit without a deal.
Rud, a former home secretary who voted to remain in the EU during the June 201
"I can't stand being good, loyal moderate conservatives are expelled," she said in
Johnson takes power in July, uniting the party around his leadership after Teresa May's failure to resolve the country's impasse.
As lawmakers returned from their summer vacation, he began the week by dismissing accusations by protesters on London streets that he had made a coup – such was the seemingly decisive nature of his
but as a sign of how things turned, the PM he was forced to insist that he would not end it until mid-October. he resigned himself.
"This is not a hypothesis that I am prepared to consider," he said on a Friday visit to a farm in Scotland.
Rud's resignation is the latest sign that Johnson's uncompromising approach to Brexit is a problem that has engulfed the country and paralyzed its policies, could destroy his party and threaten his 24-hour rule.
Those who were expelled from the party last week included the longest-serving MP in the House of Commons and Winston Churchill's grandson.
Prime Minister Joe Johnson's little brother quit on Thursday.
"In recent weeks, I have been torn between family loyalty and national interest," the junior minister said on Twitter [19459012
Jeremy Hunt, the former foreign minister who ended up as a runner-up for Johnson's leadership race earlier this summer, said on Sunday that Rud's resignation was "desperately sad news."
"When she and other people, like Joe Johnson, think they can't take the whip over the loss of so many others excellent colleagues this week, we need to pause for pa
As politicians, commentators, and experts alike look to appreciate the diminishing capacity of the prime minister – overthrowing his own government has been raised as a potential last, desperate course of action – Johnson went ahead with his demands for
The bill compels him to ask for a further extension of the UK's divorce date with the EU – probably by January 2020 – expected to become law on Monday.
Johnson says he would rather be "dead in the ditch" than ask for an extension.
The government tells him that he will therefore again try to force elections to avoid inconvenient lowering or more drastic measures, including breaking the law.
But his efforts – under UK law – may be called "snap" elections if the two-thirds majority of Parliament o f the Municipalities approve it – continue to be rejected.
Opposition parties do not want to agree to a vote unless they can guarantee that Johnson cannot withdraw Britain from E.U. no deal.
In an effort to push them to vote before Johnson's "make or die" deadline in late October, the government seeks to label Labor Party opposition leader Jeremy Corbin as a coward.
Johnson The team even distributed pieces of chicken in Westminster songs on Friday in boxes containing Corbin's face and the letters "JFC".
The Conservative Party also shared an image of Corbin wearing a yellow chicken suit.
The gambit has provoked outrage from some lawmakers who regard it as "playground behavior" amid what many consider a national crisis.
Max Berman, Reuters and Mo Abbas contributed.