New Delhi: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who yesterday revealed that he had tested positive for coronavirus, will be in self isolation for a week but has indicated that he will continue to work from home. However, with Johnson unwell, questions have been raised on who would stand in as the Prime Minister should the need arise. Also Read - Coronavirus: Infected British PM Boris Johnson's Fiancee Self Isolating 'Separately'
However, according to reports in the British press, a contingency plan is already in place and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would take over as the acting Prime Minister if Johnson is too ill to continue. Also Read - After Boris Johnson, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock Tests Positive For Coronavirus
A spokesperson for the Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister, told The Daily Mail that it would indeed be Raab stepping in for Johnson, due to his current position as the Foreign Secretary, thus giving him seniority over other members of the cabinet. Also Read - 'You're a Fighter, Will Overcome This Challenge,' PM Modi to Boris Johnson After he Tests Positive For COVID-19
Additionally, The Daily Mail report also said that should Raab, as the designated successor, too, were to fall ill, another senior minister would be made the stand-in Prime Minister by Johnson.
The 46-year-old Raab, who is a close aide of the Prime Minister, and, like him, a vocal ‘Leave’ campaigner during Brexit, was first elected to Parliament in 2010 and became a part of Johnson’s government when he first became the Prime Minister in July 2019.
Raab is a contentious figure, having stirred a number of controversies in the past with his comments. In 2011, he had termed feminists as the ‘most obnoxious bigots in the UK’.
It is because of these controversies that, the report states, many ministers are pushing for Michael Gove, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, to take over from Johnson.