In September 1942, following the Basilica of Begoña incident of August 1942, Serrano Suñer was forced to resign as foreign minister and president of the political council of the Falange Española Tradicionalista y de las JONS .  However, a full understanding of his dismissal also requires to consider personal and family issues.  After World War II, he wrote a persuasive letter to Franco, calling for a transitional government that would have room for intellectuals in exile . When Franco received the letter, he wrote a derisive "Ho-ho." in its margin. Serrano Suñer ultimately retired from public life in 1947, but lived longer than most of the people he worked with.