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Boris Johnson Quits as PM

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Boris Johnson resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Johnson informed about the decision in a media appearance and stressed the substitution process will start next week.

“My friends in politics, no one is remotely indispensable and our brilliant and Darwinian system will produce another leader, equally committed to taking this country forward through tough times,” Johnson said during his speech.

Johnson stressed that he will remain as acting prime minister until a successor is appointed. “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. And I’ve 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’ve today appointed a cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place,” he commented.

Boris Johnson backs new leadership

Johnson assured that he will support the new leader and explained that he tried to deal with the crisis because he wanted to fulfill the electoral mandate. “In the last few days, I tried to persuade my colleagues that it would be eccentric to change governments when we’re delivering so much and when we have such a vast mandate and when we’re actually only a handful of points behind in the polls, even in midterm after quite a few months of pretty relentless sledging and when the economic scene is so difficult domestically and internationally.”

The Tory leader closed by saying, “I regret not to have been successful in those arguments, and of course, it’s painful not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects myself. But as we’ve seen, at Westminster the herd instinct is powerful, when the herd moves, it moves.”

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