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“Thanks for incredible mandate”: Boris Johnson quits as UK Prime Minister, says with a heavy heart

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: After 59 MPs resign from Boris Govt finally Boris Johnson step down as Leader of the Conservative Party of Britain on Thursday. This has opened the way for the selection of a new Prime Minister in Britain. More than a dozen lawmakers resigned from Johnson’s government embroiled in many controversies. Key allies ask Boris Johnson to ‘GO’. Boris Johnson said outside 10 Downing Street, “It is clear that the Conservative Party’s desire in Parliament is that the party should have a new leader. That means a new prime minister.”

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Boris Johnson, 58, announced that even one of his closest teammates was resigning after several resignations against his leadership, but he would remain in office until a new prime minister was elected.

After 3 controversial years in the post of Brexit Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said, “The race for Tory leadership will need a new timetable. This timetable can be announced next week.” His credibility was constantly at stake due to the Corona epidemic.

He said he was “sad… to be giving up the best job in the world” and justified fighting on in the final hours to deliver the mandate he won in a general election in December 2019.

In the frenzied hours building up to Johnson’s announcement, opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer had welcomed his impending departure.

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But Mr Starmer said “a proper change of government” was needed and demanded a no-confidence vote in parliament, potentially triggering a general election, rather than Mr Johnson “clinging on for months and months”.

According to sources reported that the leadership election would take place in the summer and the winner would replace Boris Johnson at the party’s annual conference in early October. Earlier there was news that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson would resign as the head of the Conservative Party today. The BBC had given this information. The newly appointed ministers had also deserted him and more than 50 members resigned from his cabinet.

Of these, 8 ministers and two secretaries of state resigned in the last 2 hours. This left Johnson extremely isolated and according to media reports, Johnson now had to bow to the demands of the rebel leaders and later announced that he was resigning. The Conservative Party won the majority, so only the leader of this party has the right to remain in the post of British Prime Minister.

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