UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to step down following the mass resignation of his cabinet.
According to Insider’s senior government source, Johnson had agreed to quit as the leader of the UK Conservative Party, but “remains Prime Minister until [a] new leader is in place in time for party conference,” which is expected to be held this October.
The source also claimed that Chairman of the 1922 Committee Graham Brady has been already informed of Johnson’s decision and agreed.
Johnson has recently sacked Michael Gove, one of his most senior ministers in Cabinet while at least 50 cabinet members resigned from his government within 48 hours including British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
Johnson has already faced many calls to resign since the Partygate scandal and just recently admitted that he met with Russian oligarch and former KGB officer Alexander Lebedev without officials present while he was a foreign secretary.
“I thought it was my job, my duty, and my obligation to you. No one in politics is remotely indispensable,” said Johnson after confirming his resignation in front of Downing Street.
Boris said he told other ministers it would be unusual to change prime minister at the moment but was unsuccessful.
Johnson added that they have started looking for a new leader and that a timetable is set out for next week.
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