The turbulent tenure of Britain’s Prime Minister came to an end on Thursday. He resigned from the top post of the UK after a historic party revolt over a series of scandals.
Johnson said outside Downing Street that selection of the new leader of the Conservative Party begins now. The timetable for the process of selection of the new leader will be announced next week. Johnson decided to remain Prime Minister until a new Tony leader was elected.
He said he was “sad to be giving up the best job in the world.” He was also concerned that “No one is remotely indispensable in politics.”
Boris Johnson also referred to the members of his own ruling party during his speech who turned against him. ” At Westminster, the instinct of the herd is powerful and when the herd moves, it moves,” he said.
During his resignation speech, he thanked his wife, Carrie Johnson, his children, and the armed forces. He also thanked the National Health Service and the Staff of Downing Street. “And above all, I the British Public, You, for giving me this immense privilege.”
He delivered a six-minute-long speech and concluded it by seeking to strike an upbeat tone. He said, “It does not matter if things can sometimes seem dark now, our future is golden.”
Opposition’s Response to Johnson’s Resignation
The Opposition leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer said about Boris Johnson Resignation, “Needs to go; he can’t cling on.” He said that Jonson couldn’t act as a caretaker Prime Minister. Starmer warned that if Boris Johnson didn’t step down as prime minister. Then “Labour Party will bring a no-confidence vote, , in the national interest.”
Boris Johnson’s Downfall
The resignation of Boris Johnson came after an immense pressure of 48 hours to step down.
An ever-growing wave of resignations from within Johnson’s own ruling party reached 60 since Tuesday morning. One Conservative Party member after the other publicly raised their voices as a lack of confidence in the Prime Minister.
Nadhim Zahawi, Finance Minister, was the last addition to Johnson’s allies who wanted him to go now. He said that “this unknown political crisis over his future wasn’t sustainable, and it would get worse only.”
Surprisingly, Zahawi’s call to Boris Johnson to step down came immediately after Johnson appointed him as Finance Minister.
The Kickstarters of the stream of resignations were Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid. They resigned from their respective posts of Finance Minister and Health Secretary. It happened minutes due to a dispute over Johnson’s decision to appoint Chris Pincher as Conservative Party deputy chief.
After that, many cabinet members resigned from their posts, and due to a lack of confidence, Johnson resigned.
Who Are Most Likely To Replace Johnson?
After the resignation of Boris Johnson, there will be a leadership contest for the next prime minister and Conservative leader. An individual needs to get the backing of Tory MPs during the final two head-to-head in a ballot of Conservative Party members.
However, polling firm YouGov compared the individuals and showed that Wallace was the clear favorite as compared to other Conservative members.