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UK’s Suella Braverman resigns as Interior minister after 43 days

The U.K.’s Suella Braverman is resigning from her position as interior minister after just 43 days in the role, she announced Wednesday.

Suella Braverman, UK home secretary, arriving at 10 Downing Street to attend a Cabinet meeting discussing the u-turn on the energy crisis, after Kwasi Kwarteng was sacked and replaced by Jeremy Hunt in London, United Kingdom on October 18, 2022.

In a resignation letter posted to Twitter, 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.”

She said that she had realized her mistake and reported it to official channels, but that resigning was the right thing to do. 

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 Sept. 6, she has made headlines for outspoken comments on reducing net migration, affirming the controversial policy of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda, and just this 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.

Referring to the wider government, Braverman added in her letter 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.”

She 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 UK. Truss and Braverman had been reportedly clashing behind the scenes on revising UK 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.” (CNBC)

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