British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Resigns

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has regigned on Thursday, July 7, following a revolt within his Conservative Party.

In an address to the nation at Downing Street, he said that the process of choosing a new prime minister “should begin now.”

“It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader of that party and therefore, a new prime minister,” said Johnson.

“The process of choosing that new leader should begin now,” he added, saying the time line will be announced next week.

Johnson is not planning to leave office immediately, however. “I’ve today appointed a cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place,” he said, in a televised speech outside 10 Downing Street. Appointing new cabinet ministers means that the government can continue to function as he prepares to depart.

He spoke of his attempts to stay on as leader and how “painful” it is for him to step down, but made no mention of the scandals that have proved his political downfall.