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The Margin: ‘I Predict a Riot’ plays in the background as outgoing U.K. prime minister Liz Truss gives final Downing Street address


Liz Truss, the now former prime minister of the U.K., gave a farewell speech in Downing Street on Tuesday. The speech was partially interrupted when somebody began loudly playing the 2004 song “I Predict a Riot” by the Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs.

Here is a video of a portion of Truss’s speech, including the musical accompaniment:

It appears the individual who was playing the song was anti-Brexit activist Steve Bray, according to a post on his Twitter


Truss’s speech lasted only a few minutes, and was followed by public comments from the U.K.’s new prime minister, Rishi Sunak. Sunak becomes the U.K.’s first head of government of color. Sunak met Tuesday with King Charles III, who had previously accepted the resignation of Truss.

See also: The U.K.’s next prime minister is worth more than the king. Kind of.

Sunak, 42, is the youngest British leader in more than 200 years, and is expected to immediately form a cabinet. Many key figures will stay in their positions, including Jeremy Hunt as chancellor of the exchequer, James Cleverly as foreign secretary and Ben Wallace as defence secretary.

During Sunak’s speech, he mentioned that “mistakes were made” under his predecessor, and that the “country is facing a profound economic crisis.”

Truss had served just 44 days as prime minister when she stepped down as Conservative Party leader on Oct. 20 — she is the shortest-serving premier in U.K. history.

All former British prime ministers, including Truss, are in line for a £115,000 annual grant, except those who remain party leaders in opposition. Some observers of and participants in British politics have said she should refuse the payout.

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