Jul 07, 2022
By Jane Brown
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned, acknowledging that it is “clearly the will” of his party that he should go.
(Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the nation as he announces his resignation. Image: Getty Images)
“As we’ve seen at Westminster, the herd instinct is powerful. When the herd moves, it moves. And my friends, in politics, no one is remotely indispensable. And our brilliant and Darwinian system will produce another leader equally committed to taking this country forward through tough times,” Johnson explained outside the official residence of 10 Downing Street in London.
He also stepped down immediately as leader of his Conservative party but plans to remain as prime minister while the leadership contest is held.
It is a humiliating defeat for Boris Johnson, who succeeded in leading Britain out of the European Union and was credited with rolling out one of the world’s most successful mass vaccination campaigns to combat COVID-19.
But he was felled by crises of his own making, as a trickle of ethics allegations became a flood that engulfed his government and turned his Conservative Party against him.
Johnson had been under pressure to step down for sometime, following party-gate, during which Johnson and several of his administration staff were found to have held parties while the rest of Britain was under COVID lockdown.
More than 50 ministers and senior aids to Johnson quit in the last 36 hours.