Liz Truss has become Prime Minister after being invited by the Queen to form a new government in Balmoral.
Oris Johnson met the Queen in Balmoral to hand in his resignation as Mrs Truss prepares to take over as Prime Minister and unveil a plan to tackle the energy crisis.
In his farewell speech to No 10, the outgoing prime minister said his successor’s government would “do everything we can” to help people struggling with the cost of living crisis.
Ms Truss, who has traveled to Balmoral to assume the role of Prime Minister to Britain’s Queen, is believed to be preparing plans for a bill freeze that could cost around £100billion.
She arrived by car for her meeting at the Aberdeenshire estate just after 12.20pm.
Speaking at Downing Street, Mr Johnson said Russian President Vladimir Putin was “completely deluded” if he believed he could succeed by “blackmailing and bullying” the British public by curbing gas supplies and world prices pushes up.
“We have and will continue to have this economic strength to give people the money they need to get through this energy crisis caused by Putin’s cruel war,” he said.
“I know that Liz Truss and this compassionate Conservative government will do whatever it takes to get people through this crisis and this country will endure it and we will win.”
Ms Truss won the contest to succeed Mr Johnson as Tory leader on Monday and will address the nation as Prime Minister from Downing Street later on Tuesday, although forecast storms mean she may have to do so from No 10 .
A quiet morning in Westminster meant Mr Johnson, watched by Mrs Carrie and supporting MPs including Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg, was able to deliver his farewell speech from a lectern outside the black front door of No 10.
In a sign of lingering resentment at the way he was pushed out, Mr Johnson said: “The baton is being passed in a relay race that unexpectedly turned out to be a relay race – they changed the rules midway but that is doesn’t matter now”.
He said his career is now like a launch vehicle “that has fulfilled its function and I will now gently re-enter the atmosphere and land invisibly in a remote and obscure corner of the Pacific.”
Mr Johnson declared: “Like Cincinnatus I return to my plow” – a nod to the ancient Roman statesman Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.
Before entering No. 10, an ambitious Mr Johnson had frequently said he would act as Prime Minister if, like the Roman, he was ‘called by my plough’.
Mr Johnson said: “I will offer nothing but my most passionate support to this government” and urged the Tories to unite behind the new leader at a “difficult time for the economy”.
“I’m telling my Conservatives it’s time politics was over, folks,” he said.
“It’s time for all of us to stand behind Liz Truss and her team and her program and make a difference for the people of this country.
“Because that’s what people in this country want. They need that.
“And they deserve it.”
He added that if Dilyn, the Johnsons’ dog, and Larry, cat No. 10, “can put their occasional troubles behind them, then so can the Conservative Party”.
Mr Johnson left Downing Street to head to Balmoral to officially step down and Mrs Truss was expecting to have her own meeting with the monarch shortly afterwards to take up the position of Prime Minister.
Alongside her Downing Street speech, she will begin to assemble her ministerial team, with key allies and supporters already nominated for some of the highest positions, including Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, who is widely expected to be given this crucial role as Chancellor.
Ms Truss’ first major policy priority will be to provide a support package for households struggling with energy bills that are set to rise even more over the next month.
The Daily Telegraph reported that among the measures under consideration is a plan to freeze bills until the next general election in 2024, while the Times suggested the measures could also apply to companies whose energy prices are not covered by the budget cap.
Details are yet to be announced, with Bloomberg suggesting the Truss administration could directly set a new flat price that households will pay for electricity and gas, excluding regulator Ofgem from its role in setting the price cap.
Finance Secretary Simon Clarke, a close ally of Ms Truss, declined to give details on the package, which is expected to be announced as early as Thursday.
But he said it will be “coming very soon” and “there is a clear commitment to match the level of events and to give families and businesses early reassurance that help will be available to face the undeniable challenges of this autumn and winter.” bring to master”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think it will be an important moment to draw a line under the sense of insecurity that is undoubtedly present in the country at this point.”
Senior opposition politicians said the freeze should not be paid for by billpayers through a credit system.
Labor has called for a freeze funded by a windfall tax on oil and gas producers, and the party’s deputy leader Angela Rayner told Good Morning Britain: “To make working people pay when the gas and gas… If oil companies had made record profits, it would be grossly unfair to do so.
“That’s why the windfall tax is right for these companies that have made more profit than they expected.”
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey told BBC Breakfast the plan being worked on was “not a freeze, it’s a loan”.
“What they are saying is that families and pensioners should pay this back for years to come. That’s just not right,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/liz-truss-becomes-uk-prime-minister-after-queen-invites-her-to-form-new-government-41965325.html Liz Truss becomes British Prime Minister after the Queen invites her to form a new government