British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Resigns as Conservative Party Leader

Boris quits after he was abandoned by ministers and his Conservative Party's lawmakers who said he was "unfit to lead our country."

Boris Johnson has announced his resignation as British prime minister on Thursday after he was abandoned by ministers and his Conservative Party’s lawmakers who said he was “unfit to lead our country.”

After days of battling for his job, Johnson had been deserted by all but a handful of allies after the latest in a series of scandals broke their willingness to support him.

“His resignation was inevitable,” Justin Tomlinson, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, said on Twitter. “As a party we must quickly unite and focus on what matters. These are serious times on many fronts.”

The Conservatives will now have to elect a new leader, a process which could take about two months. In the meantime, Boris says he will stay on as caretaker PM until a new leader is in place.

“It is now the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader of the party and therefore a new prime minister,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in front of the door of No. 10 Downing St. in London, as loud crowds could be heard nearby.

“Of course, it is painful to not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects. But as we have seen at Westminster, the herd instinct is powerful and when the herd moves, it moves.”

Despite political successes, Johnson lacked public trust.

Lawmakers in Johnson’s Conservative Party credit him with driving Brexit through the British Parliament after his predecessor, Theresa May, was unable to.

He also led the Tories to a historic landslide election in 2019, leaving the party with an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons. It was the largest victory since Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s win in 1987.

Johnson, however, was ultimately forced to resign not over policy or political differences, but because of perceptions about his character. Many Conservative lawmakers as well many members of the public do not trust him.


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