As she dealt with a hostile opposition and the wrath of her own Conservative Party over her disastrous economic plan, British Prime Minister Liz Truss referred to herself as “a fighter and not a quitter” on Wednesday.
However, the glum expressions on the faces of Conservative lawmakers in the House of Commons showed that Truss would have difficulty keeping her job.
A senior member of Truss’ ministry resigned from her position after a barrage of criticism just hours after her appearance in Parliament for Prime Minister’s Questions.
Suella Braverman, the home secretary, claimed she resigned after breaking the law by emailing a formal document from her email address.
In a poorly veiled criticism of Truss, Braverman claimed in her resignation letter that she had “concerns about the course of this government” and that “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,” Braverman said.
Popular on the right of the Conservative Party, Braverman is an advocate for stricter immigration laws.
Her resignation comes just days after Truss let go of Kwasi Kwarteng, her Treasury chief, on Friday after the economic plan they put together alarmed financial markets when it was revealed on September 23.
The plan’s unfunded tax cuts of £45 billion ($50 billion) roiled financial markets, devaluing the pound and driving up prices in the U.K. a government loan.
To stop the issue from spreading to the larger economy and jeopardizing pension funds, the Bank of England was compelled to act.
Since Kwarteng’s replacement, Treasury Secretary Jeremy Hunt shredded the tax-cutting package proposed by her new government less than a month ago; Truss attended her first Prime Minister’s Questions session.
In her brief time as the head of government of the United Kingdom, she apologized to Parliament and acknowledged her faults, but she argued that by altering direction, she had “accepted responsibility and made the right decisions for the country’s economic stability.”
Lawmakers from the opposition yelled, “Resign!
Keir Starmer, the head of the opposition Labour Party, questioned, “Why is she still here?
In response, Truss said, “I am a warrior, not a quitter. To ensure economic stability, I have acted in the national interest.
On Monday, Hunt revoked nearly all of Truss’ tax cuts and her signature energy program and pledge to avoid cutting public spending.
Before he released a medium-term budget strategy on October 31, he warned the government would need to make “many unpleasant decisions” and save billions of pounds.
U.K. official statistics issued on Wednesday indicated that as food costs continued to rise, inflation increased to 10.1% in September, returning to a 40-year peak first reached in July.
Although global inflation is high due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its impact on the energy supply, polls indicate that most Britons attribute the nation’s economic woes to the government.