She is the third consecutive British prime minister to resign before their term in recent years, following in the footsteps of Theresa May and David Cameron.
As Johnson was met with applause from colleagues in Downing Street, a nearby crowd threatened to drown out his speech. Meanwhile, a loudspeaker played a reworked version of the Bay City Rollers’ song “Bye Bye Baby,” changing the lyrics to “Bye Bye Boris.”
Some in the crowd celebrated Johnson’s exit.
Diane Flynn, 40, who moved to London from Glasgow, Scotland, said: “He’s a born liar, you can’t trust someone who tells so many lies.”
Dissatisfaction over Johnson’s ruling and ethics within his ruling party erupted with resignations for months. Treasurer Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid within minutes of each other on Tuesday evening.
The Prime Minister’s contrasting accounts of the handling of allegations of sexual misconduct within Conservative Party ranks are the final straw for them.
Calls for Johnson’s resignation intensified over the next few hours, during which more than 50 members of the government also resigned.
With even the ministers he had appointed 36 hours earlier turning against him, the bewildered prime minister had few allies left in the final hours before his announcement. Prior to his announcement, Johnson had been dropped by the finance minister and his promoted education minister. They were joined by a succession of other ministers – and the government was almost defiant as it faced its most serious crisis in decades.
“Yesterday, along with my colleagues at No. 10, I made it clear to the Prime Minister that there is only one direction, and he must leave with dignity,” newly appointed President Nadim Zahavi wrote in an open letter. Twitter Early Thursday.