The outgoing prime minister has been criticized for walking away again while the country grapples with a cost-of-living crisis
Boris Johnson is under fire again after taking a second holiday this summer as Britain grapples with a mounting cost-of-living crisis.
The prime minister, who is due to leave office in early September if either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss takes his place, has been urged to take urgent action before leaving office as millions of households grapple with soaring food and energy prices.
But where did he go? And what has Downing Street said about the holidays?
Where is Boris Johnson?
With Parliament currently on its summer recess, Mr Johnson has flown into the Greek sun and soaked up the rays near Athens with his wife Carrie Johnson.
The couple were spotted shopping at a supermarket in Nea Makri, with Greek media outlet ‘In’ releasing a video of them in the store.
The Johnson family last holidayed in Slovenia two weeks ago when Mr and Mrs Johnson – who married in May 2021 – celebrated a belated honeymoon.
Jet setting has been a concern, with inflation rates and the risk of a recession later this year.
What did Downing Street say?
Concerns were raised when moving vans were sighted in front of Number 10, raising questions as to whether Mr Johnson would even continue to work from the residence ahead of his September 6 departure date.
A Downing Street spokesman said the Prime Minister would be briefed on “urgent decisions” but was silent on whether Mr Johnson would work from Number 10 for official duties once he returned to the UK.
He said: “The Prime Minister is on holiday this week.
“As is the case with prime ministers, as you know from their role, they will of course be kept abreast of all matters of urgency and make decisions, particularly those affecting national security, for example.”
He added: “If there were urgent decisions that required the Prime Minister’s input, then of course he will be involved. But the Deputy Prime Minister (Dominic Raab) can be substituted for meetings should they take place, but as far as I am aware there are no such meetings scheduled at this time.”
Mr Johnson’s spokesman added that the Prime Minister would remain “reachable” and said: “Any urgent decisions that need to be taken he will of course incorporate and leave that, but he is on furlough.”
Earlier, the Treasury Department said Mr Johnson would not make “significant budgetary decisions” in response to the cost of living crisis and said those decisions would be left to the new prime minister.
The Treasury added that Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi is in close contact with energy chiefs as bills continue to mount rapidly.
What was the reaction to Boris Johnson’s furlough?
A Labor Party spokesman said: “On the evidence of the last few months it seems to make little difference whether the Prime Minister is in office or on holiday as he has consistently failed to meet the Tory cost challenge. living crisis. For Boris Johnson, it’s all just one big party while the country struggles to pay its bills.”
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, who has just released Labour’s cost-of-living plan, has also come under fire after holidaying with his family during the break during the cost-of-living crisis.
However, Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis defended the Prime Minister’s jet-setting, telling LBC radio: “Even if you’re not in the Downing Street office, you’re working.”
“He’s probably in his second week [of] Vacation last year or so, certainly this year. So while someone is absent, be it foreign minister or even prime minister, they continue to work.
Mr Lewis added: “I can assure you he will continue to go through inboxes and continue to address national security issues where appropriate. Being out of the country doesn’t mean the Prime Minister stops working.”