Doctors in the United Kingdom have transferred Prime Minister Boris Johnson to intensive care as his condition has deteriorated following a positive coronavirus test.
With the UK’s leader seriously ill an uncomfortable yet increasingly salient question has emerged: who will govern in his stead if he becomes too sick? (iNews)
The United States has a Vice President – and it has needed the office-holder to step up several times, most recently when John F Kennedy was shot in 1963.
That’s not how it works in the UK’s parliamentary democracy, with Cabinet-based decision-making.
Here’s how the process worked across the pond.
No 10 was insistent until this afternoon that the Prime Minister is still “in charge of the Government” and in regular contact with ministers, but Mr Raab presided over the Cabinet meeting this morning.
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