Boris Johnson stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party on Thursday

His resignation comes after about 60 members of his cabinet—and party—tendered their resignation letters earlier this week; many citing a lack of confidence in his leadership going forward.

Although Johnson will serve as Prime minister till the appointment of a new leader, his reputation as the ‘Teflon’ prime minister will come to a close. A downfall many have deemed with ties to the scandal on Downing Street. Boris Johnson’s tenure fell short of three years and has been marked with several controversies.

Speaking at Downing Street on Thursday, Johnson confirmed he will remain in office, while a timetable will be drafted and announced next week. This is to enable the Conservative Party elect a replacement. The 58-year-old spoke about indispensability in politics, stating his sadness to give up the best job in the world.

‘At Westminster, the herd instinct is powerful and when the herd moves, it moves,’ Johnson said referring to those in his ruling party who ‘turned against him’. He then appreciated his wife Carrie, children, the National Health Service (NHS), armed forces and staff of Downing Street. Johnson also thanked the British people for the privilege given to serve in office.

Concluding a six-minute long speech, he stated, ‘Even if things can sometimes seem dark now, our future together is golden.’

Experts opine Johnson endured an unsupportive cabinet in his party, with constant calls from the political space for him to resign. According to opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, the Tory Leader ‘cannot cling on for months’.

‘If the Conservative party do not get rid of him, then Labour will act in the national interest and bring a vote of no confidence,’ Starmer tweeted.

The big news succeeded a host of resignations from Tuesday night, with many party members publicly stating their waving confidence in Boris Johnson. Nadhim Zahavi, the Finance Minister and an ally of Johnson, earlier urged him to step down before the political crisis gets worse. Zahavi said this two days after he was appointed as finance minister by Johnson.

The Chris Pincher appointment as Deputy Chief Whip of the Conservative Party led to a dispute, which in turn resulted to resignations of Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, as finance minister and health secretary respectively. Although Johnson apologized for appointing Pincher, he rejected the incessant calls to step down, before succumbing on Thursday.

Recall that Johnson also survived a vote of no-confidence by parliament members last month.

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