Boris Johnson announced his resignation as British prime minister on Thursday, heeding pleas from ministerial colleagues and Conservative Party MPs.
At the entrance to Number 10 Downing Street, Johnson stated, “The process of selecting a new leader should start immediately.”
“Today, I’ve nominated a cabinet to serve until a new leader is in place, just as I will.”
Scandal-ridden Boris Johnson announced his resignation as British prime minister on Thursday after ministries and the majority of his Conservative parliamentarians deserted him.
Isolated and powerless, Johnson announced outside his Downing Street residence that he would resign after more than 50 colleagues resigned and legislators demanded his departure.
“The process of selecting a new leader should commence immediately.
In addition, I have nominated a cabinet to serve until a new leader is installed “Johnson remarked.
After days of fighting for his position, the scandal-plagued Johnson had been abandoned by all but a few of allies, whose desire to back him had been eroded by a succession of scandals.
“His resignation was inevitable,” tweeted the Conservative Party’s deputy chairman, Justin Tomlinson. “We must rapidly unite as a party and concentrate on what counts. This is a period of grave concern on many fronts.”
Now, the Conservatives must select a new leader, a process that might take weeks or months.
A snap YouGov poll revealed that defence minister Ben Wallace was the top choice among Conservative Party members to succeed Johnson, followed by junior trade minister Penny Mordaunt and former finance minister Rishi Sunak.
Many suggested he should resign immediately and hand over his position to his deputy, Dominic Raab, because he had lost the party’s confidence.
Keir Starmer, the head of the main opposition Labour Party, stated that he would initiate a vote of confidence in parliament if the Conservatives did not immediately dismiss Johnson.
“Labour will bring a vote of no confidence in the national interest if they don’t get rid of him, because we can’t have this prime minister hanging on for months and months,” he warned.
As a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, inflation is increasing, and the United Kingdom’s economy is projected to be the worst among major nations in 2023, with the exception of Russia. Consequently, Britons are experiencing the most severe financial strain in decades.
It also follows years of internal strife triggered by the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union, as well as dangers to the very structure of the United Kingdom posed by calls for a second Scottish independence referendum in a decade.
During one of the most dramatic 24 hours in modern British political history, support for Johnson disappeared, as exemplified by finance minister Nadhim Zahawi, who was only appointed to his position on Tuesday, calling on his boss to go.
Wednesday evening, Zahawi and other cabinet ministers, along with a senior representative of non-government parliamentarians, went to Downing Street to inform Johnson that the game was over.
Johnson initially refused to resign and appeared determined to dig in, firing Michael Gove, a member of his top ministerial team who was among the first to advise him he needed to resign, in an attempt to reassert his authority.
One ally told the Sun that party dissidents would have to “dip their hands in blood” to remove Johnson.
But by Thursday morning, when a torrent of resignations began to stream in, it was evident that his position was untenable.
Zahawi stated on Twitter, “This is unsustainable and will only become worse: for you, the Conservative Party, and most importantly, the entire country.” You must do the right thing and leave immediately.
Some of those who remained in their positions, notably the defence minister Ben Wallace, explained that they had an obligation to keep the nation safe.
With so many cabinet resignations, the administration was on the verge of paralysis. Despite his imminent departure, Johnson began to fill vacant ministerial positions.
“It is now our responsibility to ensure that the people of this country have a working administration,” Michael Ellis, a Cabinet Office minister who oversees the operation of the government, told parliament.