British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to resign on Thursday. This is reported by several media unanimously. Two other ministers had previously resigned and the new Treasury Secretary had publicly called for Johnson to resign.
Thursday, July 7, 10:16 a.m .: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apparently wants to resign as Tory party leader. The BBC reported on Thursday, citing government circles. He would soon lose his position as head of government. “Sky News” had also reported.
Earlier on Thursday, Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis became the fourth cabinet member to resign. Johnson fired another minister. Rishi Sunak also resigned as Finance Minister, Sajid Javid as Health Minister and Simon Hart as Minister for Wales. In addition, more than 40 Conservative MPs had resigned from government or Tory parliamentary positions. General Counsel Suella Braverman suggested Johnson’s resignation on live television on Wednesday evening and introduced herself as his successor.
On Thursday, new Secretary of Education Michelle Donelan resigned. She, too, was only appointed on Tuesday and succeeded Nadhim Zahawi, who had switched from the education to the finance department.
British Finance Minister Zahawi, who was appointed to office on Tuesday, publicly called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign on Thursday. “Prime Minister, in your heart you know what is right. Go now,” Zahawi wrote in a letter to Johnson published on Twitter on Thursday.
According to media reports, Lewis, who was considered ultra-loyal to Johnson, backed a delegation of cabinet members who called on Johnson to resign on Wednesday evening. The prime minister refused.
Finance Minister Zahawi is said to have been among Johnson’s critics. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is said to have also been part of the delegation. The previously ultra-loyal Home Secretary Priti Patel, Economics Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and Building and Housing Secretary Michael Gove are also said to have opposed Johnson. Gove was released on Wednesday evening. It was expected that there would be further dismissals or resignations from this group.
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