Prime Minister Boris Johnson agrees to step down after scandals, record resignations

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  • Source: New York Post
  • 07/07/2022

Scandal-scarred British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will resign on Thursday, his spokesperson confirmed to The Post.
“The prime minister will make a statement to the country today,” a spokesperson said.

The decision follows a string of controversies that plagued trust in his leadership, from the “Partygate” lockdown scandal to the cost-of-living crisis to accusations of sexual misconduct among his top leadership. 

Johnson, who took office in 2019, will remain as prime minister until a successor is appointed, which could be until fall if his party lets him.
It was not immediately clear Thursday who will replace him as prime minister.

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer celebrated news of Johnson’s imminent resignation on Twitter, writing, “We need a fresh start for Britain.”

“It is good news for the country that Boris Johnson has resigned as Prime Minister. But it should have happened long ago. He was always unfit for office,” Starmer said in a statement.

More than 50 ministers and aides have quit the government in less than 48 hours, with seven of them handing in their resignation letters Thursday morning, saying Johnson is not fit to be in charge after a string of scandals.

It is the highest number of resignations any British leader had received while clinging to power.

Desperate pleas for the scandal-scarred leader to leave office from some of his closest allies flooded Downing Street in the last 48 hours over Johnson’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against senior party official Chris Pincher. Read the full story HERE.

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