On Monday evening, the ruling Conservative Party will announce the outcome of an internal election to choose its leader and that of the country, putting an end to the contest between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.
Instead of London’s Buckingham Palace, Scotland’s Balmoral Castle will serve as the site of the transfer of power between outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the victor. This departure from convention is necessary because Queen Elizabeth II, who is currently on vacation in Scotland, intends to reduce the number of public appearances and has no immediate intentions to return to London.
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Tuesday at 10 Downing Street in London, Johnson will make a statement to start the process. Later, he will fly to Scotland and deliver the news of his resignation to the Queen. After that, the Queen will meet with the winner, Sunak or Truss, and ask them to form a government.
After the official appointment, Sunak or Truss will take a flight back to London where they will announce the cabinet and give a speech in front of Downing Street at around 4 o’clock. Before the prime minister arrives in the House of Commons chamber at noon on Wednesday, the new group of ministers will convene. The prime minister will participate in his first face-to-face Question Time with Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, during the parliamentary procedures.
According to a YouGov poll conducted last month, 69 percent of party members supported Truss while only 31 percent supported Sunak. Truss is still expected to coast through, though one of Sunak’s supporters insisted that the race was much closer than it appeared. The MP, a Sunak supporter, stated that he canvassed his constituents and discovered that the two candidates were roughly equal.