By Robert Haile
After the resignation of 59 MPs from positions in government, Boris Johnson has announced he is stepping down as Prime Minister.
Standing in front of Number 10 Johnson started his speech to cheers from the gathered MPs and civil service.
Starting Johnson opened with a comment about the Parliamentary Conservative Party’s decision to seek a new leader and therefore Prime Minister before saying: “I have agreed with Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of our backbench MPs that the process of choosing that new leader should begin now and the timetable will be announced next week and I have today appointed a Cabinet to serve as I will until a new leader is in place.”
In his own opinion it was “eccentric” to change leader with what the country is facing and what his government had achieved.
During his speech he covered why he tried to stay in power “the reason I have fought so hard in the last few days to continue to deliver that mandate in person was not just because I wanted to do so, but because I felt it was my job, my duty, my obligation to you to continue to do what we promised in 2019.”
The ‘Referendum Election’ in December 2019 where Johnson won a 80 seat majority and went on to complete the Brexit Deal that has recently caused controversy with the Northern Ireland border dispute.
He also addresses the shift in his support saying: “The herd instinct is powerful and when the herd moves, it moves” a nod to the avalanche of resignations triggered by Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid.
With the leadership contest launched he said that “no one is remotely indispensable” and the “brilliant Darwinian system” would choose the next leader.
Then adding: “To that new leader, I say, whoever he or she may be, I say I will give you as much support as I can.”
He then spoke directly to the British public: “And to you, the British public, I know that there will be many people who are relieved and perhaps quite a few who will also be disappointed and I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world.”
With this announcement it is unsure how the Government and Cabinet can carry out any business or it be brought down by a vote of confidence by the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats.