Over 40 Members of the UK Government Resign

More than 40 members of the United Kingdom government, including several ministers, have resigned from their posts since July 5 evening after a series of scandals involving Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

A total of 46 resignations so far have hit Johnson’s government and calls for the prime minister to resign continue to mount.

Welsh Secretary Simon Hart and Health Minister Edward Argar became the latest to resign from their respective government roles on July 6.

“I had desperately hoped that I could avoid writing this letter, but alas, there seems no other option left but to step down from my role,” Hart wrote.

“I have never been a massive fan of Ministerial resignations being the best means of forcing change. Colleagues have done their upmost in private and public to help you turn the ship around, but it is with sadness that I feel we have passed the point where this is possible,” Hart further said.

Several parliamentary private secretaries from various departments and some trade envoys were also among those who resigned.

The mass resignations kicked off after Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced their resignations in letters posted within minutes of each other on Twitter on July 5.

A series of scandals have plagued Johnson’s government, with the latest being Chris Pincher’s appointment to a government role despite Johnson being made aware of “inappropriate” conduct.

A senior Number 10 source told Sky News that Johnson remained “absolutely defiant” and “does not intend to resign.”

Johnson told senior members of parliament on the Commons Liaison Committee that it would not be right for him to “walk away” amid economic pressures and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, BBC News reported.


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