Boris Johnson has retaken the reins of government this afternoon, hours after undergoing surgery on a sinus problem this morning, No10 has revealed.
The Prime Minister is feeling well and will be holding meetings this afternoon, after the minor operation under general anesthetic at an unspecified London NHS hospital, his spokesman said.
Johnson was admitted to hospital at 6am for the scheduled procedure, and returned to Downing Street around 10am.
It was the first time the PM had visited hospital since he suffered from Covid in the spring of 2020, and his spokesman said the two were not related.
It is understood Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab remains on hand to assist with any major decisions, in line with the general advice to the public on not making significant choices for the first 24 hours after undergoing general anaesthesia.
However, Boris Johnson remains Prime Minister and will continue acting as such, No 10 said.
The timing of Mr Johnson’s return to work would depend on how he feels, but he was planning to chair Tuesday morning’s Cabinet meeting, according to the spokesman.
Asked who was in charge of the UK nuclear accounts during the procedure, the spokesperson said Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case were aware in advance and that Mr Johnson was under for a ‘relatively brief time’.
He said: ‘Operationally, my understanding is there’s a 24-hour period from when the operation takes place … under which sort of significant decisions would be deferred to probably in the first instance the Deputy Prime Minister.
‘Now we’re not anticipating any of that being required currently, but we do have that capability.’
The operation was on the NHS and was scheduled ‘for a while’, he said, without specifying at which hospital it took place.
The Prime Minister was pictured in a warm embrace with President Zelensky, who greeted him by his first name in Kyiv.
After viewing a graveyard of Russian military vehicles, Mr Johnson pledged more UK military assistance, including training for more than 120,000 troops, that aims to expel Russian forces from the war-torn nation.
Speaking at a joint news conference he said that would be the point at which talks on Ukraine’s future could begin.
‘We will continue, as we have from the beginning, to provide the military equipment you need – and now, of course, the training that may be necessary to go with that new equipment – so that you, the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian armed forces, will be able to do what I believe Ukrainians yearn to do, and that is to expel the aggressor from Ukraine,’ he said.
‘That will be the moment for talks about the future of Ukraine and it will be in that context of a free Ukraine that we and other countries will be making the security commitments and guarantees we have discussed so often.’
Source: Daily Mail