A new Thatcher, or a tough guy: who will be the new head of the British government instead of Johnson?

July 08, 2022

Johnson's seat is challenged by three candidates for the post of the Prime Minister.

On Thursday, July 7, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation, which was preceded by an unprecedented number of officials refusing to continue working in his Cabinet.

Mykhailo Pashkov, co-director of the foreign policy and security programmes at Razumkov Center, says that in his opinion, Johnson's resignation was most of all influenced by the domestic situation in Britain: scandals associated with some members of the government and dissatisfaction with the situation in society, that resulted in mass resignations of the government members, but these developments will have little effect on support for Ukraine.

"One can’t say that with the resignation of Mr. Johnson, Britain's policy towards Ukraine will be different or will change significantly. There will be some adjustment, but the mainstream line of support for Ukraine will be preserved. Obviously, there will be kind of a pause after his resignation, but it will end quite soon," Pashkov notes.

Mykhailo Pashkov continued on a sad note, adding that Johnson will stay in office for some time, so the situation will remain as it was at least until the fall.

"For us, Johnson's resignation is bad news, because he developed particularly trusting, friendly and frank relations with Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In the current situation, this is important. He positioned himself as an active ally of Ukraine who helped us in many ways," the expert says.



Mykhailo Pashkov

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes

Born in 1958 in Roslavl, Smolensk oblast, Russia


Smolensk Institute of Pedagogy, Faculty of the Russian Language and Literature (1979)

Moscow Institute of Youth, Faculty of Journalism (1986)

Kyiv Institute of Political Science and Public Administration (1991)

Ph. D. in Philosophy; the author of more than 50 publications

1979 – 1989 — worked at different positions in district, regional and republican newspapers in Russia and Moldova

1991 – 1994 — worked in scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1994 – 1998 — Diplomatic Service at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre's Leading Expert

Diplomatic Rank: First Secretary. Most recent position in state structures — Chief Consultant, Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff

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