Boris Johnson is not expected to attend any engagements this week as he enjoys his second foreign summer holiday in less than a month, Downing Street has confirmed.
Over the weekend, Mr Johnson was seen in Greece as British households grapple with the deepening impact of the cost of living crisis.
The Prime Minister took a vacation earlier this month despite warnings of further inflation and the threat of a recession later this year.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson confirmed to reporters that the Prime Minister “is on leave this week” and that he is not doing day-to-day work.
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Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab may deputize for him in any meetings, the spokesperson said, but none are currently planned.
The spokesman added that Johnson “will be contactable” and “will be kept informed of any pressing issues”.
The prime minister will take decisions on national security if necessary and he will lead on emergency decisions if necessary, they added.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson also confirmed that Johnson is paying for his travel, but declined to say whether his security is being funded by the taxpayer.
Asked why Johnson could not wait until his successor is appointed on September 5 before going abroad, the prime minister’s spokesman said he could not go into detail about this, but said “government activity continues”.
“I can’t get into the timing decision, but he’s on leave this week. He’ll be back this weekend,” he told reporters.
“Over the past few weeks we have made a number of important announcements and will continue to do so in the coming days.”
It comes when removal trucks were discovered outside number 10.
The Times newspaper has reported that Johnson is spending a week’s holiday in the country, with locals seeing 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 past few months as “one big party”.
A party spokesman said: “On the evidence of recent months it seems to make little difference whether the Prime Minister is in office or on holiday as he has consistently failed to rise to the challenge of the Tory cost of living crisis. It’s all just a big party for Boris Johnson as the country struggles to pay its bills.”
Analysts have predicted that typical energy bills could rise to around £3,500 in October and more than £4,200 in January.
Bills are set to cost more than two months’ average wages next year unless the government intervenes, a report has suggested.
The prime minister’s official spokesman also once again ruled out any further government intervention to ease the burden of rising living costs until Johnson’s successor is appointed in early September.