British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday formally submits his resignation
Earlier, Johnson had brushed off calls by his Cabinet to step down in the wake of ethics scandals. After more than 40 ministers deserted his administration and told him to resign, he finally caved in.
In a statement delivered outside Number 10 Downing Street on Thursday, Johnson announced his resignation, saying that it was clear the Conservative Party needed a new leader.
“The timetable will be announced next week.”
“I will serve until there is a new leader in place.”
“The reason I have fought so hard is because I felt it was my duty.”
“I am immensely proud of my achievements.”
“We will continue to back Ukraine.”
“The economic scene is difficult.”
“It is painful not to see my term through.”
Earlier, it was not immediately clear whether Johnson would stay in office while the Conservative Party chose a new leader who would replace him as prime minister.
Johnson declared he would continue serving as prime minister until the Conservative Party chose his replacement, but he promptly resigned as leader of the party. The schedule for that procedure would be revealed the following week, he said.
Just 36 hours after Johnson nominated him to his position as Treasury chief, Nadhim Zahawi called on Johnson to resign. In contrast, another newly appointed Cabinet minister resigned minutes before the story broke.
Zahawi said Johnson knew “the right thing to do” was to “go now.”
Zahawi was appointed late Tuesday to replace Rishi Sunak, who resigned, saying he could no longer support Johnson after a series of ethics scandals.
The 58-year-old politician led Britain out of the European Union and through COVID-19, and the scandal regarding his choice of a legislator who had been accused of sexual misconduct was the last straw that brought the war in Ukraine to an end.