Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, has decided to step down, and Downing Street has announced that he will address the nation today.
Following the resignations of more than 40 politicians and staff members, including three cabinet ministers, since late Tuesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is poised to step down. Overnight, more resignations have been coming in slowly.
Late on Tuesday, resignations from the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and the Health Secretary Sajid Javid started a chain reaction. Two days after taking office, UK Minister of Education Michelle Donelan announced her resignation on Thursday.
Despite the departure of some of his senior ministers, Johnson had managed to maintain his position of authority. Johnson was openly asked to resign on Thursday by the man he hired as finance minister less than 48 hours ago.
More than 50 additional people participated in a revolt that brought the administration perilously near to collapse.
According to media accounts, Johnson was prepared to accept defeat and announce his resignation later after eight ministers, including two secretary of state, quit in the previous two hours.
“Boris Johnson will resign as Conservative Party leader today,” the BBC’s political editor Chris Mason said.
“His resignation was inevitable. As a Party we must quickly unite and focus on what matters. These are serious times on many fronts,” Justin Tomlinson, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, said on Twitter.
“I was Team Boris, as the GE showed he was our star player who connected across traditional political divides. Yes there were ups and downs, but he turbo-charged social mobility and opportunity,” he further added
Rishi Sunak, who resigned as finance minister on Tuesday, was the front-runner to succeed Johnson until last year, according to Reuters. Sunak stated that the British people “rightly expects government to be done correctly, competently, and seriously.” He received plaudits for the COVID-19 economic recovery plan, which included an expensive scheme to keep jobs after a recession instead than creating new ones.
However, Sunak later came under fire for failing to provide households with adequate cost-of-living assistance. His reputation has been harmed by information about his affluent wife’s non-domiciled tax status and a fine he and Johnson both got for violating COVID lockdown regulations.
His tax-and-spend budget from the previous year undermined his claims to favour lower taxes and placed Britain on track for its highest tax load since the 1950s.