British PM Boris Johnson Agrees to Resign After Wave of Resignations

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to resign on Thursday after great pressure as more than 50 politicians have resigned from his government within the past 48 hours.

Johnson will resign as the Conservative leader but continue to serve as the prime minister until the party elects a new leader.

A statement from No 10 said: “The British prime minister will make a statement to the country today (Thursday).”

With eight ministers, including two secretaries of state, resigning in the last two hours, an isolated and powerless Johnson was set to bow to the inevitable and declare his was stepping down later, media reports said.

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After days of battling for his job, Johnson had been abandoned by all but a handful of allies. It was far cry from when Johnson, 58, rose to power in 2019 when he won a large majority, capturing votes in parts of Britain that had never supported his Conservative Party before.

Even his finance minister, Nadhim Zahawi, who was only appointed to his post on Wednesday, had called on his boss to resign.

UK education minister Michelle Donelan, only promoted to the role two days ago amid a government exodus, quit on Thursday saying prime minister Boris Johnson had put her in “an impossible situation”.

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“I am deeply saddened that it has come to this, but as someone who values integrity above all else, I have no choice,” she wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.


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