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Boris Johnson finally forced to resign as PM

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement in front of 10 Downing Street in central London on July 7, 2022. Johnson resigned as leader of Britain's Conservative party, paving the way for the selection of a new prime minister after dozens of ministers quit his government over 48 hours of frenzied political drama. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

The British Prime Minister fought as hard as he could, but he finally gave in. Boris Johnson has resigned as the Conservative Party leader, which will pave the way for a successor to replace him as the British Prime Minister, after over 50 conservative members of parliament quit the government within two days.

He will however continue as Prime Minister until autumn. The Tory leadership race will take place this summer and the winner shall replace Boris Johnson by October.

Boris Johnson's tenure as PM plunged into crisis following the dramatic resignations of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, and the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid.

Mr Javid, who served as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, referenced Mr Johnson's failed leadership as the reason for quitting his post.

And now this week again, we have reason to question the truth and integrity of what we have all been told, and at some point, we have to conclude that enough is enough. I believe that point is now.

Sajid Javid, Former British Health Secretary

Further resignations have followed with education ministers, Will Quince and Robin Walker, and ministerial aide, Laura Trott, also quitting.

He had scandal after scandal, miscalculation after miscalculation, he's lost the confidence of, I assume, the country going by the recent bi-election results.

And more recently, he's lost the confidence of many senior members of his government, with over 40 of them resigning.

Fra Hughes, Journalist, Author & Activist

Johnson was under mounting pressure after apologizing for appointing MP Christopher pincher to a role involved in offering pastoral care to his party, even after being briefed that the politician had been the subject of complaints about sexual misconduct.

He knew the accused minister had previously committed predatory behavior, but he promoted him to a position of power anyway. Why?

Sir Kier Starmer, Labor Party Leader

They're looking at the future. They're looking at the next Conservative government being returned in 2024 I believe they feel that won't happen with Boris Johnson at the helm. Therefore, people are jockeying for position. The knives are out, it's a Caesar and Brutus type political ending of his career.

Fra Hughes, Journalist, Author & Activist

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s toxic personality and the scandals that surrounded him drowned his political life, thus, he found himself to have fallen out of favour with the general public in the UK.

Prior to his resignation, a snap YouGov poll found that 69% of Britons thought that Johnson should step down as Prime Minister.

The Timing of his resignation could not have been any worse. The UK is experiencing an unprecedented cost of living crisis.

 Many Britons are struggling to cope with rising fuel and food prices. Economists say that the country is now heading for a sharp slowdown, or possibly a recession.

He is, for his own political, selfish purposes, been running this country's economy into the ground, and worse, far worse. He has been threatening a peace process. That's all I’ve got to say.

Member of the Public

And things will get much worse before the next general election. And I think regardless of who wins that election, we will continue to see an economic crisis.

Fra Hughes, Journalist, Author & Activist

Currently, with a new administration set to take the helm in September, or early October, the real concern which remains for the UK is how it will cope with the economic crisis until then.

This is not to dismiss the fact that there are no guarantees that the new administration will be able to deal with the economic onslaught that will be piled on it.

I'm sickened myself and furious about that.

Boris Johnson, Former British Prime Minister


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