The Prime Minister will resign today after calls for his removal as party leader reach their peak – amidst yet another Tory scandal.
Over the last 48 hours we have witnessed many Tory ministers resign over the increasingly untenable position the Prime Minister is trying to hold onto. The PM has lost the majority of support from his MPs, in particular after the final nail in the coffin with Chris Pincher and his sexual harassment, which was known to the PM.
Calls for Johnson’s resignation have been swirling ever since Partygate – where he and his staff broke the law – and prior, but now his party’s support is truly gone.
Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Sajid Javid, Health Secretary are two of the massive Tory players who have bowed out – the ship is sinking and they are jumping off the sides.
Mr Sunak said: “The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously”, adding: “I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”
Mr Javid hit out at the scandal-riddles Johnson saying the Conservative party is “bigger than any one individual”.
Mr Johnson resisted the calls for his resignation until this morning, when it became clear that he had lost the confidence of his MPs and that the government could no longer function.
Johnson is expected to resign today, but is pushing to stay on as PM until the autumn. This has resulted in a backlash from some Conservative MPs who insist he must go now.
No 10 spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister will make a statement to the country today.”
Johnson is understood to have spoken to the Queen to tell her of his plans. However, his push to stay PM until the autumn leadership contest has sparked fury.
Simon Hoare, a backbench MP, said: “Ministers resigned because of the PM. The party lost confidence because of the PM. It is beyond credulity that Mr Johnson can stay in office even pro tem. New constitutional territory but he has to go and go means go.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the Prime Minister’s resignation was “good news for the country” but “should have happened long ago”.
For many months the British public have debated amongst themselves as to Johnson’s legitimacy and suitability for Prime Minister. Amidst a smorgasbord of law breaking, party leaks, cover-ups, and embarrassing blunders directly from Downing Street, Johnson’s regime will go down as being particularly corrupt in the history books.
To many it may have seemed that almost nothing would bring Johnson down as party leader. The majority of the core ministerial cabal supported Johnson throughout the aforementioned scandals.
Now the Tories have hit breaking point, with Sunak and Javid resigning just yesterday, signalling the beginning of the end. It’s all over for Johnson.
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