Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to resign on Thursday following a rebellion in his Conservative Party and is expected to address the public today.
“The Prime Minister will make a statement to the country today,” CNN quoted Downing Street spokesman as saying.
Johnson has become engulfed in a series of scandals that forced even his most stalwart supporters to abandon him.
As per the report, nearly 60 members of the government- including five cabinet ministers- have resigned since Tuesday, furious about the botched handling of the resignation by Johnson’s former deputy chief whip, Chris Pincher, who was accused of groping two men last week.
Johnson initially attempted to ride out the crisis- despite an unprecedented flight of middle-ranking ministers from the government, a battering at Prime Minister’s questions and a bruising appearance before a committee of senior lawmakers in Parliament. On Wednesday, he still insisted he wasn’t going to resign, the CNN report said.
But Johnson appears finally to have given in on Thursday after some of his most loyal allies told him that the game was up.
The member of the opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, said it was “good news for the country” that Johnson had decided to resign, adding that “it should have happened long ago.”
“He was always unfit for office. He has been responsible for lies, scandal and fraud on an industrial scale,” said Starmer on Twitter.
The opposition member also had scathing words for the Conservatives. “They have been in power for 12 years. The damage they have done is profound. Twelve years of economic stagnation. Twelve years of declining public services. Twelve years of empty promises,” Starmer said, as per the report.
“Enough is enough. We don’t need to change the Tory at the top- we need a proper change of government. We need a fresh start for Britain.”
While Johnson will announce his resignation as Conservative Party member, the report said it is possible that he will remain as Prime Minister until October, when the party meets for its annual conference.