British Prime Minister resigns
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his resignation.
Following a wave of government resignations where more than 50 lawmakers have resigned from Johnson’s government this week, saying he was no longer fit to lead the country, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his resignation as Conservative party leader.
Addressing the public at Downing Street in London, Britain, on Thursday, Boris Johnson said he is sad to be leaving what he described as the best job in the world adding that the nature of politics is that “no one is remotely indispensable.”
“I’ve today appointed a Cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place…And our brilliant and Darwinian system will produce another leader, equally committed to taking this country forward through tough times,” said Boris Johnson.
Johnson said he will support his successor as much as he can. “To that new leader — whoever he or she may be — I say I will give you as much support as I can.”
“To you, the British public: I know that there will be many people who are relieved and perhaps, quite a few will also be disappointed. And I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world,” said Johnson.
In his historic landslide election in 2019, Johnson is said to have led the largest victory since Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s win in 1987, leaving the party with an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons.
He was however ultimately forced to resign because of perceptions about his character whereby many Conservative lawmakers as well many members of the public do not trust him.