And even as he carried on with his duties as a statesman, his office was forced to respond to media accusations that he might be trying to hang on as long as possible partly so he could host a fabulous wedding bash at Chequers. An aide on Friday said a new venue would be found for the party, originally planned for the estate.
In the morning, he sent his condolences after the shocking assassination of the Japanese former prime minister Shinzo Abe. And he prepared for a weekend away at Chequers, the official country residence for generations of British prime ministers. The previous afternoon, he held a cabinet meeting where he discussed his latest conversation with Ukraine’s beleaguered president.
But nothing ebbs faster than power. Mr. Johnson is now a lame duck prime minister presiding over what is being called a zombie government while his wounded Conservative Party is divided on whether he should stay on as a caretaker until his replacement is chosen, likely leaving him at the helm through the summer.
The cabinet that met on Thursday includes at least two colleagues who had told him to quit, as well as Suella Braverman, the attorney general. She had announced on TV on Wednesday night — while Mr. Johnson was still insisting he would remain prime minister — that she was running for his job.
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