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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Resigns As Tory Party Leader, Set To Leave Office In October

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Resigns As Tory Party Leader, Set To Leave Office In October

The resignation came after 50 ministers and aides resigned in open rebellion against Johnson.

Boris Johnson resigned as Tory party leader and British prime minister after massive pressure for him to step down from his cabinet ministers and the Conservatives Party members of parliament.

“It is clearly now the will of the Parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader of that party and so a new prime minister,” Prime Minister Johnson declared in a statement outside Downing Street at noon Thursday.

“I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world,” he said after serving two and a half years in office.

Johnson will not be leaving 10 Downing Street immediately, and vowed to stay in office until a replacement is elected at a party conference in October, news reports suggest.

 

Johnson “has told allies that he wants to stay on until the Conservative Party conference in October with a new leader taking over then,” the BBC reported.

With the war raging in Ukraine and Brexit still not implemented, the business of government is expected to continue as usual. “Boris Johnson is filling vacant cabinet positions with interim appointments who will serve in government until autumn,” the broadcaster noted.

Johnson’s resignation came after several key members of his cabinet resigned and the Conservative lawmakers staged a rebellion amid the rising cost of living and a series of scandals implicating the government.

Prime Minister’s position became untenable after close to 50 ministers and senior aides resigned from their posts, calling for him to step down. “Since 6pm on Tuesday evening, when then Chancellor Rishi Sunak and health secretary Sajid Javid resigned, 26 ministers have left in total. That number is more than the total that quit during the entire 11-year reign of Margaret Thatcher or during John Major’s seven years as PM,” the Sky News UK reported.

On Wednesday, Johnson vowed to stay in office but eventually succumbed to the mounting pressure from his own party.

Johnson, who ousted her party leader and former UK Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019, came to the power with a huge majority on the promise of “getting the Brexit done.” After more than two and a half years in office, the Johnson government is losing control of the country’s borders — key issues of the 2016 EU referendum, as illegal migrant boats from France, continue to land on British shores. With the European Union still refusing to let the UK off the hook despite losing the 2016 referendum, Johnson has miserably failed in executing his much-touted ‘Brexit plan’ and free Britain from Brussels’ yoke.

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taurus the judge | July 7, 2022 at 8:42 am

Boris Brandon

Shouldn’t a conservative party leader be a little conservative from time to time?

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Whitewall. | July 7, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Like any Bush, or Cornyn, or Romney, or Cheney (either one), or…

      Whitewall in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | July 7, 2022 at 10:25 am

      We and They(over there) seem to expect our “leaders” to govern us well no matter who is in charge. We are misguided and our leaders are incapable. When leaders get tired of our expectations of them, they in turn will get tired of us. At that point, leaders will want to rule instead of govern. We in turn will want rid of them and they in response will do all in their power to be rid of us…literally and figuratively.

    txvet2 in reply to Whitewall. | July 7, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Conservative doesn’t mean the same thing to Europeans as it does to us. American style conservatism is exceeding rare anywhere else in the world, and virtually non-existent in Europe.

They will get someone worse no doubt

Now Tory has to decide if they are for the leftist world order with slightly lower taxes for the top .01% and a very minor tax cut for corporations but with overall agreement on everything or are they in some way conservative?

Don’t believe me about how leftwing Boris Johnson got?

He bought into

1. Transgenderism (see his NIH website erasing women)

2. Wokism (see his furious reaction to Macron rejection wokeness)

3. Abortion as a right to moment of birth (see his furious reaction to Roe V Wade)

4. Build Back Better

5. Criminalization of non-leftist points of view (see arrests for tweets and arresting “terfs and the very different reaction conservative vs leftist protestors have had from his government)

6. “Toxic Masculinity” (see his take on why Putin invaded Ukraine)

I could go on but I am glad BJ is gone because now there is a chance Tory may try to turn things around, of course they may just pick another leftist who desperately wants British Billionaires to pay a very slightly lower tax bill/

    geronl in reply to Danny. | July 7, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    They were set to raise the business tax before this all happened. I guess it’s on hold.

    gonzotx in reply to Danny. | July 7, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Bet on it

      Danny in reply to gonzotx. | July 7, 2022 at 9:58 pm

      I would bet Tory blows it because of probability (Tory has governed the U.K. how long and hasn’t won on anything, Nigel Farrage is not a Tory and Brexit was the only major conservative victory in recent memory there) but the chance my bet would lose makes the end of BJ worthwhile.

      A good chance even if not a likely chance is better than 0%.

Finally he’ll have time to visit the barber.

Any conservatives in the Conservative Party?? Now would be a good time to step up.

Johnson has miserably failed in executing his much-touted ‘Brexit plan’ and free Britain from Brussels’ yoke

I would argue he did exactly what he intended, to sabotage Brexit.

The EU at all cost’s contingent has never forgiven him for Brexit and so whipped up faux outrage and forced him out. Look for a calling for another vote to rejoin the EU shortly