British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will attend the news conference during the NATO Summit on June 30, 2022 in Madrid, Spain.
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London — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned Thursday after more than 50 MPs resigned from his government within 48 hours.
“It’s clearly now Congress’s will to have a new leader, the new Prime Minister, of the Conservative Party of Parliament,” Johnson said outside Downing Street.
He said he would stay there until a new leader was elected by the Conservatives.
More ministers will resign early Thursday morning, including Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis, Treasury Minister Helen Whately, and Security Minister Damian Hines.
Sky News Aggregation Set the total number of departures as of 10 am London time to 59.
Sterling Later hit session high Various media outlets began reporting in the morning Johnson has decided to resign.
The 50th government resignation came from George Freeman, Deputy Secretary of Science, Research and Innovation.
In a bitter resignation to the Prime Minister, Freeman said, “The culmination of a lack of transparency and candidness towards Congress (and the willingness to ask the Minister to mislead Congress), the removal of key pillars of Ministerial Code, your sex. There are too many appointments of Deputy Prime Minister Whip, who turned out to know that he had a history of allegations of sexual abuse. “
Downing Street declined to comment when contacted by CNBC.
Finance Minister Nadim Zahawi, who was appointed Tuesday following Rishi Sunak’s resignation, also publicly called on the Prime Minister to resign on Thursday, and he and other ministers told Johnson “to leave with dignity.” It revealed that.
“I’m sorry that he hasn’t listened and is undermining the government’s incredible achievements this late time,” Zahawi said in an open letter Thursday morning.
“But the country deserves a government that is not only stable, but acts in good faith. Prime Minister, you know what is right in your heart, and go now.”
Michelle Donelan, the new Minister of Education, who was appointed to replace Zahawi, who was promoted on Tuesday, has since resigned for the 54th time.
She said in a letter to Johnson, “I don’t know how you can continue the post, but without a formal mechanism to get rid of you, the only way this is possible is with us remaining in the cabinet. Is to force your hand. “”
Johnson was involved in a series of scandals and allegations of misleading the masses, but the final straw for many MPs includes conservative MP Chris Pincher. The former deputy leader was suspended last week on charges of drunk and groping for two men at a private membership club.
Johnson apologized on Tuesday for appointing Deputy Leader Pincher (the role of the senior party), despite knowing an investigation into his behavior in 2019.
Revelations that Johnson knew of allegations of illegal activity against Pincher before his appointment and repeated changes to the route from number 10 prompted Snacks and Health Minister Sajid Javid to resign on Tuesday night.
In a resignation speech to Congress on Wednesday, former Prime Minister Sajid Javid said, “The tightrope between loyalty and integrity has been impossible in recent months.”
Johnson barely survived a vote of no confidence from a Conservative member last month, but many who previously supported his leadership have since abandoned their support.
Matt Beech, director of the University of Hull’s British Political Center, told CNBC Thursday morning that the challenges Johnson was facing this time were different because of the “most of the government’s salary slips” he resigned. .. The situation as a “quite earthquake”.
This is a developing story and will be updated shortly.