(London) Former British Conservative Prime Minister John Major spoke out on Thursday against Boris Johnson remaining in Downing Street pending the appointment of his successor, in a letter to the party’s internal organization manager.
“For the welfare of the country, Mr Johnson must not stay in Downing Street […] longer than necessary to effect a smooth change of government,” wrote John Major, Conservative Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997.
Other voices have been heard for such a solution, like the Secretary of State for Science George Freeman, who resigned Thursday morning.
This position comes shortly after Boris Johnson announced his resignation as leader of the Tories. However, he will remain in power until his successor is elected by party members, the timetable to be unveiled next week, according to Boris Johnson.
In his letter to the leader of the “1922 Committee”, responsible for the internal organization of the Conservative Party, John Major proposes that Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab take over until the party has a new leader, who will become Prime Minister.
“The interests of the country must take precedence over everything else, and, with so many critical difficulties in the medium term, an imaginative response […] is absolutely in the interests of the country,” continued John Major.