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Boris Johnson will retire on Thursday, a government source claimed, after ministers and Conservative Party legislators concluded he was unfit to govern.
In the past two hours, eight ministers, including two secretary of state, resigned, leaving Johnson isolated and powerless.
His Downing Street office validated Johnson’s statement. After days of fighting for his job, Johnson’s allies abandoned him after the new controversy.
Deputy Conservative Party Chairman Justin Tomlinson tweeted, “His departure was expected.” “As a party, we must unite and focus. Many fronts are dire.”
The Conservatives must choose a new leader, which may take two months.
Nadhim Zahawi, Johnson’s finance minister, called on ham to resign after one of the most dramatic days in British political history.
“This is not sustainable and will grow worse: for you, the Conservative Party, and the country,” he tweeted. “You should leave immediately.”
Some who stayed, like Defense Minister Ben Wallace, believed they had an obligation to keep the country safe.
Johnson arrived to power nearly three years ago, vowing to deliver Britain’s exit from the EU and halt the Brexit bickering.
Since then, some Conservatives have warmly embraced the former journalist and London mayor, while others have supported him despite qualms because he can connect to voters who typically reject their party.
There's no way he can stay on until October. It's arrant nonsense to think he can. Someone needs to grip this.
— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonPC) July 7, 2022
The 2019 election proved this. His administration’s confrontational and chaotic approach to governing and a series of scandals have exhausted many MPs’ goodwill, and polls show he’s no longer popular with the people.
Lawmaker Chris Pincher, who worked in pastoral care, resigned after being accused of groping men in a private club.
Johnson had to apologize after it was revealed he knew Pincher had been accused of sexual misconduct before hiring him. The PM forgot.
This followed months of scandals and errors, including a devastating report into alcoholic parties at his Downing Street apartment and office that broke rigorous COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and a fine for a 56th birthday party.
Policy U-turns, an ill-fated defense of a politician who breached lobbying laws, and charges that he hasn’t done enough to confront inflation have also occurred. Many Britons are having to deal with rising petrol and food prices.