UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will step down

In a move that created a political earthquake in the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson announced this week that he will be resigning as prime minister. 

According to the Daily Wire, Johnson made that decision on the advice of multiple government ministers, some of whom have themselves already resigned.

The official said Johnson’s leadership was “not sustainable”

Among them is Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, who Johnson appointed on Tuesday following the resignation of his predecessor, Rishi Sunak.

Zahawi reportedly told Johnson that his continued leadership is “not sustainable” and that it was in the nation’s interest for him to step aside.

His departure comes amid a series of scandals in which Johnson and those close to him held parties despite imposing strict COVID lockdown rules on the public at large.

What’s more, the prime minister was also criticized over his knowledge of sexual misconduct allegations against Chris Pincher, someone he promoted to deputy chief whip.

The Daily Mail reported that Johnson spoke to reporters about his resignation plans during a press conference held in London outside of 10 Downing Street.

Johnson may remain until October

“The process of choosing that new leader should begin now. And today I have appointed a cabinet to serve, as I will until a new leader is in place,” explaining that he may stay on until October.

“I know that there will be many people who are relieved and perhaps quite a few who will also be disappointed. And I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world. But them’s the breaks,” he added.

“In the last few days, I tried to persuade my colleagues that it would be eccentric to change governments when we’re delivering so much and when we have such a vast mandate and when we’re actually only a handful of points behind in the polls, even in mid-term after quite a few months of pretty relentless sledging and when the economic scene is so difficult domestically and internationally,” the prime minister continued.

However, Johnson remarked, “I regret not to have been successful in those arguments and of course it’s painful not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects myself.”

“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,” he concluded.

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