Boris Johnson is not expected to take part in any engagements this week as he enjoys his second summer break abroad in less than a month, Downing Street confirmed.
Over the weekend, Johnson was seen in Greece as UK households grapple with the deepening impact of the cost of living crisis.
The prime minister took a vacation earlier this month. despite warnings of higher inflation and the threat of a recession later this year.
The prime minister’s official spokesman confirmed to reporters that the prime minister “is on leave this week” and is not doing day-to-day work.
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Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab can stand in for him at any meeting, the spokesman said, but none are currently scheduled.
The spokesman added that Mr Johnson “will be reachable” and “will be kept informed of any urgent issues”.
The prime minister will make decisions on national security if necessary and lead urgent decisions if necessary, they added.
The prime minister’s official spokesman also confirmed that Johnson is paying for his trip, but declined to say whether his security is funded by taxpayers.
Asked why Johnson could not wait until his successor was named on September 5 before traveling abroad, the prime minister’s spokesman said he could not go into detail but said “government activity continues.” .
“I can’t go into the decision on timing, but he’s out this week. He’ll be back this weekend,” he told reporters.
“Over the last few weeks we have made a number of important announcements and will continue to do so in the coming days.”
It occurs when moving vans were seen outside Number 10.
The Times newspaper reported that Johnson is spending a week’s holiday in the countryside, and locals see him shopping with his wife Carrie Johnson at a supermarket in Nea Makri, a town east of Athens.
Labor has criticized the prime minister, accusing him of treating the last few months as “one big party”.
A party spokesman said: “On the evidence of recent months it seems to make little difference whether the PM is in office or on holiday as he has continually failed to meet the challenge of the Conservatives’ cost-of-living crisis. “. just one big party for Boris Johnson as the country struggles to pay its bills.”
Analysts have forecast that typical energy bills could rise to around £3,500 in October and over £4,200 in January.
The bills are expected to cost more than two months of average wages next year unless the government intervenes, a report suggests.
The prime minister’s official spokesman also once again ruled out any further government intervention to ease the burden of cost-of-living increases until Johnson’s successor is appointed in early September.