British Home Secretary Priti Patel resigned shortly before the appointment of new Prime Minister Liz Truss. “It has been the honor of my life to serve our country as Home Secretary for the past three years,” Patel wrote Monday night in her resignation letter to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson. On Tuesday, the new leader of the British Conservatives will replace Johnson as head of government.
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According to British media, it was expected that Truss would fire Patel if her cabinet was reshuffled, but the minister emphasizes that her departure is “a choice”. Patel was one of the top figures during Johnson’s controversial reign. For example, she concluded a deal with the Rwandan government to receive asylum seekers and refugees who arrive in the United Kingdom in Rwanda. This ‘Rwanda Pact’ is currently under review by the London High Court for its legality.
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Patel was also responsible for the reform of the police law, which critics say resulted in a severe restriction on the right to demonstrate. Now the police can stop protests because of, among other things, noise pollution.
Whether the conservative government led by Liz Truss will take a somewhat more moderate course is by no means certain. Current Chief Justice Suella Braverman, whose views are considered to be at least right-wing conservative, is considered a prime candidate for the post of Secretary of the Interior.