UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned.
The embattled Briton was facing calls from within his own party to step down amid a string of controversies; more than 60 ministers and government aides quit over the last 48 hours, saying Johnson was unfit to serve as PM.
“It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader and a new prime minister,” Johnson said outside 10 Downing Street Thursday morning. “The process of that should begin now. The timetable should be announced next week.”
“I regret not to have been successful in those arguments and of course, it is painful not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects myself,” he added.
“As we have seen at Westminster, the herd instinct is powerful and when the herd moves, it moves,” he said. “And my friends in politics, no one is remotely indispensable and our brilliant Darwinian system will produce another leader, equally committed to taking this country forward through tough times.”
Johnson says he will give the next Prime Minister “as much support as I can.”
“And to you, the British public, I know that there will be many people who are relieved and perhaps quite a few who will also be disappointed, and I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world,” Johnson said.
“But them’s the breaks.”
“Above all, I want to thank you, the British public, for the immense privilege you have given me. And from now on until the new prime minister is in place, your interest will be served, and the government of the country will be carried on.”
Leader of the opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, says “It is good news for the country that Boris Johnson has resigned as Prime Minister. But it should have happened long ago. He was always unfit for office.”
From The Daily Wire:
Johnson, the former mayor of London and a champion of Brexit, came to power after he quit as May’s Foreign Secretary in 2018; she had championed a “’third way” Brexit plan. May failed to succeed with her Brexit deal in Parliament three times, then resigned. In July 2019, Johnson won a crushing victory in July 2019 to become leader of the Tory party and subsequently the prime minister, although the Tories were in the minority.
Johnson called for new elections, which were held on December 12, 2019, preaching, “Get Brexit Done.” The Tories won 365 seats, the biggest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher’s reign.
During Johnson’s reign, the nation’s rollout of the COVID vaccine was one of the fastest in the world. “By October 2021, over 40 million Brits — around 85 percent of adults — had received at least one dose of a Covid jab,” The Daily Mail noted.
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