Boris Johnson resigns as party leader

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation as Conservative Party leader Thursday, but vowed to stay on as prime minister until a replacement is chosen.

Several lawmakers from have urged him to resign immediately, as much of his Conservative Party has turned against him, proffering their resignations from government, amid a string of scandals.

After days of digging in and refusing to step down, Johnson’s departure will come as a relief to many Conservative Party lawmakers who accused him of plunging Britain into a near constitutional crisis.

As he announced Thursday that he would resign, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had agreed that the process of choosing his successor should start.

“To that new leader, I say I will give you as much support as I can,” said Johnson, who faced a party revolt and historic wave of resignations by government officials this week after a mounting list of scandals.

“To you, the British public, I know there are many people who will be relieved … and I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world,” he told the nation from outside No. 10 Downing Street — the office and residence of Britain’s prime minister.

“I want you to know that from now until the new prime minister is in place, your interests will be served and the government of the country will be carried on.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared outside No. 10 Downing Street on Thursday to announce he planned to resign after facing pressure from a party revolt.

“It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative party that there should be a new leader…and therefore a new prime minister,” Johnson said from a lectern outside the steps of the British prime minister’s office and residence, surrounded by news cameras.

A crowd had formed as Downing Street staff and supportive lawmakers gathered to listen to the embattled premier’s speech. His wife Carrie, carrying one of their children, stood at the doorstep as well.

The Washington Post

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