Embattled Johnson Sacks Insider In “Attempted Coup”

Politico Europe reports:

The party’s over but Boris Johnson refuses to leave. Despite more than 40 resignations from his government, an attempted coup by his top team and numerous calls to quit from his own Tory backbenchers, the British prime minister was locked in No.10 Downing Street with his closest aides on Wednesday night, trying to map out a way for him to retain power. For him to do so would be unprecedented.

Early signs of a fightback were brutal, with Johnson firing one of his most senior ministers, his Brexit-supporting frenemy Michael Gove. It was Gove, who has held multiple senior roles in Johnson’s government, who went into No. 10 earlier in the day with the metaphorical bottle of whisky and revolver, Tory MP Tim Loughton told Sky News. “Clearly Boris has downed the whisky and turned the revolver on Michael Gove.”

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