[UK] Boris Johnson resigns saying it is 'painful' to leave Downing Street

[UK] Boris Johnson resigns saying it is 'painful' to leave Downing Street
07 Jul 2022

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has resigned. Announcing his resignation as Tory party leader Mr Johnson said it is "painful not to be able to see through so many projects and ideas", BBC News reports.

The Prime Minister was cheered by family and staff as he made his resignation speech outside Number 10. He claimed he had tried to persuade colleagues it would be "eccentric" to change leader and blamed his exit on the "herd instinct" in Westminster for his exit.

Mr Johnson reportedly said that a timetable for a leadership contest would be announced next week.

He had faced a mass revolt by ministers over his leadership. The inciting incident was the dramatic resignation of Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Tuesday evening (July 5).

Nevertheless, he resisted pressure to resign for 48 hours - including a call from his newly-appointed Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi - until it was clear that he had lost the confidence of his party and could not continue.

Speaking outside Downing Street this lunchtime, Mr Johnson said, "The reason I have fought so hard in the last few days to continue to deliver that mandate in person, was not just because I wanted to do so, because I felt it was my job, my duty, my obligation to you to do what we promised in 2019."

"I regret not to have been successful in those arguments," he said but added, "In politics, no one is remotely indispensable."

He said he was proud of his achievements in office offering taking the UK out of the EU, the government's response to COVID and the rollout of the vaccine programme as examples.

Mr Johnson also said he had led "the West in standing up to Putin's aggression in Ukraine".


Source: BBC News

(Quotes via original reporting)

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has resigned. Announcing his resignation as Tory party leader Mr Johnson said it is "painful not to be able to see through so many projects and ideas", BBC News reports.

The Prime Minister was cheered by family and staff as he made his resignation speech outside Number 10. He claimed he had tried to persuade colleagues it would be "eccentric" to change leader and blamed his exit on the "herd instinct" in Westminster for his exit.

Mr Johnson reportedly said that a timetable for a leadership contest would be announced next week.

He had faced a mass revolt by ministers over his leadership. The inciting incident was the dramatic resignation of Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Tuesday evening (July 5).

Nevertheless, he resisted pressure to resign for 48 hours - including a call from his newly-appointed Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi - until it was clear that he had lost the confidence of his party and could not continue.

Speaking outside Downing Street this lunchtime, Mr Johnson said, "The reason I have fought so hard in the last few days to continue to deliver that mandate in person, was not just because I wanted to do so, because I felt it was my job, my duty, my obligation to you to do what we promised in 2019."

"I regret not to have been successful in those arguments," he said but added, "In politics, no one is remotely indispensable."

He said he was proud of his achievements in office offering taking the UK out of the EU, the government's response to COVID and the rollout of the vaccine programme as examples.

Mr Johnson also said he had led "the West in standing up to Putin's aggression in Ukraine".


Source: BBC News

(Quotes via original reporting)

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