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British PM, Boris Johnson To Resign Today

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The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson will later today announce his exit from Downing Street after a wave of resignations from his government. 

Johnson will today resign as prime minister as he finally bows to the pressure of swathes of government resignations.

Sky News reports that a No 10 source said Mr Johnson had spoken to the chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, and agreed to stand down, with a new Tory leader set to be in place by the party’s conference in October.

But several MPs are calling for a caretaker prime minister to be brought in to stop Mr Johnson from leading through the summer.

A Number 10 spokesman confirmed the PM would make a statement today, and Paymaster General Michael Ellis told the Commons it would come “shortly”.

The confirmation came shortly after Mr Johnson’s newly appointed Education Secretary Michelle Donelan resigned following just 36 hours in the post, and new Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi told the prime minister to “go now”.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace also confirmed he had withdrawn his support for the PM, and earlier, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis resigned from his post.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was “good news for the country” that Mr Johnson was stepping down, adding: “It should have happened long ago.”

There has been intense pressure on Mr Johnson to quit after more than 50 resignations from all levels of government, and waves of backbenchers appealing for him to go.

Sky News

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