The Brexit minister stood in the front row of crowds outside Downing Street with his son Peter Theodore Alphege Rees-Mogg. The 15-year-old shook hands with Boris Johnson as the former Prime Minister hugged loyalist MPs before making his way to Scotland. Mr Johnson pledged his “fervent support” for successor Liz Truss as she prepared to take over as Prime Minister and deliver a plan to address the energy crisis.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Brexit Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg are among those who have joined the crowd outside 10 Downing Street ahead of Mr Johnson’sresignation speech.
Sky’s political editor Beth Rigby commented: “Jacob Rees-Mogg, I could see him in the distance. He looked upset.
“Boris Johnson did command fierce loyalty from those who supported him and you saw that in the way that they defended him to the very end but it is over.”
In his farewell speech outside No 10, the outgoing Prime Minister said his successor’s administration would do “everything we can” to help people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.
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Ms Truss, who will travel to Balmoral to accept the role of prime minister from the Queen later on Tuesday, is thought to be drawing up plans for a freeze in bills which could cost around £100 billion.
The former Prime Minister said Vladimir Putin was “utterly deluded” if he thought he could succeed by “blackmailing and bullying” the British public through restricting gas supplies, driving up world prices.
Mr Johnson said: “We have and will continue to have that economic strength to give people the cash they need to get through this energy crisis that has been caused by Putin’s vicious war.
“I know that Liz Truss and this compassionate Conservative government will do everything we can to get people through this crisis and this country will endure it and we will win.”
“Together, we have laid foundations that will stand the test of time, whether by taking back control of our laws or putting in vital new infrastructure, great solid masonry on which we will continue to build together, paving the path of prosperity now and for future generations.
“I will be supporting Liz Truss and the new government every step of the way.”
As soon as Boris Johnson began his speech, protesters began playing “Bye Bye Boris” from Kings Charles Street, which runs parallel to Downing Street.
The song is a remix of “Bye Bye Baby” which anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray and his supporters often play during protests.