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Boris Johnson Has Resigned As British Prime Minister Today

Boris Johnson Has Resigned As British Prime Minister Today

Boris Johnson Has Resigned As British Prime Minister Today

Boris Johnson Has Resigned As British Prime Minister Today

British Prime Minister To Resign Today

The British government has been crippled by the unprecedented political crisis surrounding Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future, which was put an end to by his office on Thursday.

A representative of Johnson’s Downing Street office indicated that the resignation announcement will come later. Due to the fact that the announcement had not yet been made, the official spoke on the condition of anonymity.

In the aftermath of ethics scandals, Johnson has rejected calls from his Cabinet to resign. After his government’s more than 40 ministers resigned and told him to leave, he finally gave in.

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It was not immediately clear if Johnson will continue serving as prime minister until the Conservative Party selects a new leader to take his position.

Just 36 hours after Johnson nominated him to his position as Treasury chief, Nadhim Zahawi called on Johnson to resign, while another newly appointed Cabinet minister resigned minutes before the story broke.

Boris Johnson Has Resigned As British Prime Minister Today

Zahawi said Johnson knew “the right thing to do” was to “go now.”

Zahawi was appointed late Tuesday to replace Rishi Sunak, who resigned saying he could no longer support Johnson after a series of ethics scandals.

Education Secretary Michelle Donelan, who was also appointed on Tuesday following the resignation of her predecessor, announced her resignation Thursday morning.

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Johnson had rejected clamors for his resignation, digging in his heels even as dozens of officials quit and previously loyal allies urge him to go after yet another scandal engulfed his leadership.

A group of Johnson’s most trusted Cabinet ministers visited him at his office in Downing Street Wednesday, telling him to stand down after losing the trust of his party. But Johnson instead opted to fight for his political career and fired one of the Cabinet officials, Michael Gove, British media reported.

It is rare for a prime minister to cling on to office in the face of this much pressure from his Cabinet colleagues. The Guardian’s frontpage on Thursday called him “Desperate, deluded.”

Boris Johnson Has Resigned As British Prime Minister Today

“He’s breached the trust that was put in him. He needs to recognise that he no longer has the moral authority to lead. And for him, it’s over,” Scottish National Party leader Ian Blackford told The Associated Press.

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Johnson, 58, was well-known for his talent for getting out of awkward situations. Despite accusations that he was too close to party funders, shielded allies from intimidation and corruption accusations, deceived Parliament, and lied to the public about government office parties that violated pandemic lockdown laws, he managed to stay in power.

The last straw, however, turned out to be recent revelations that Johnson was aware of claims of sexual misconduct against Conservative politician Chris Pincher before elevating the man to a senior position.

Following charges that he touched two men at a private club, Pincher resigned last week from his position as deputy chief whip. This led to a number of revelations concerning prior accusations made against Pincher, as well as varying government explanations about what Johnson knew when he chose him for a key position enforcing party discipline.

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Boris Johnson Has Resigned As British Prime Minister Today

Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Treasury chief Rishi Sunak resigned within minutes of each other Wednesday over the scandal. The two Cabinet heavyweights were responsible for tackling two of the biggest issues facing Britain – the cost-of-living crisis and COVID-19.

Javid captured the mood of many lawmakers when he said Johnson’s actions threaten to undermine the integrity of the Conservative Party and the British government.

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“At some point we have to conclude that enough is enough,” he told fellow lawmakers Wednesday. “I believe that point is now.”


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