Boris resigns, Tories begin leadership fight

| 07/07/2022 | 42 Comments
Boris Johnson

(CNS): After a series of scandals, lies and tumbling personal approval ratings, Boris Johnson finally, but unwillingly, gave in to the inevitable and resigned as Conservative Party leader. He blamed his departure on the “herd mentality” in Westminster after more than 50 government ministers and aides resigned over the last 48 hours, including the overseas territories minister, Amanda Milling. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss left a critical G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Indonesia early to return to London to launch her bid for the top job.

Around a dozen people are expected to declare that they will be running and it will be at least October before Johnson’s successor is formally announced at the party conference. Johnson appears determined to stay on to head a caretaker government until a new leader is in place but there is obvious resistance to this.

The opposition Labour Party is threatening to force a confidence vote on the prime minister unless he steps down immediately. And among leading figures in the Conservative Party, former prime minister Sir John Major has also come out strongly against this, writing: “The proposal for the prime minister to remain in office — for up to three months — having lost the support of his cabinet, his government and his parliamentary party is unwise, and may be unsustainable.”

Among the names raised as interim PM are Deputy Leader Dominic Raab and Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May. However, Johnson remains reluctant to step down and still believes he has a mandate to lead, given his election victory by a significant margin in December 2019.

A number of MPs and political pundits in the UK are warning of chaos over the coming months if Johnson remains in No10 running government with a new Cabinet, which was appointed less than an hour before he announced his resignation from the dwindling number of MPs who still supported him.

Boris was forced into resignation after a poor showing for the Conservatives in the recent by-elections and the latest in a series of scandals that have brought his honesty and judgement into question.

See Johnson’s Boris’s full resignation speech here.

See how the Conservatives elect a new leader.


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  1. Anon says:

    If only our DG would resign now.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Someone had said: Was he a clown, or pretended to be a 🤡.

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  3. N says:

    Good riddance to the bumbling, lying, cheating buffoon.
    Too many across the globe as “leaders” that are wholly unfit for such office.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    so long bozo

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Good riddance to Boris! UK opted out of the EU by a very small margin 52/48 and by the time it actually came to pass, most regretted their Brexit vote.

    If there had been a referendum at exit time – the vote would have reversed.

    So, other than emulating Trump, what did Boris truly achieve?

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    • Anonymous says:

      A few epic parties apparently…

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    • Anonymous says:

      Normalized bedheads, alcoholism, and domestic disturbance call-outs.

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    • anonymous says:

      In regard to the vote on leaving the E.U., the democratic will of the people. It was inconvenient for those who wanted to stay, I know, but when you live in a democracy, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. You don’t always get your own way.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Announced today: British Airways has now taken 4.5M seats out of the market

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    • Anonymous says:

      Not long haul though so the airport staffing issues in the uk don’t impact GCM flights. All airlines in the uk as cancelling thousands of short haul.

      • Sinking ship says:

        Mainly because the UK was governed by a lying buffoon who appointed incompetent buffoons (Patel, Dorries, Rees-Mogg etc) to his cabinet to save him and told everyone Brexit would be great when it obviously was going to be a disaster. 30% of pre-COVID airport jobs were done by EU nationals, and they aren’t coming back.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Cheerio ya racist, homophobic, xenophobic, philandering, lying, entitled buffoon. Saor Alba!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    As a uk expat here it’s very sad to see a centrist liberal leader like Boris go due to the whole brigade but as he said, them’s the breaks.

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    • Nope says:

      A UK expat with no concept of he meaning of the word ‘centrist’. He was a crude populist English nationalist by the end.

  9. Anonymous says:

    A lot of lessons for the Cayman Islands from the UK in recent times.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    UK prime ministers resigns because Minister gropes men Yet our Governor and premier still in place after speaker assaults women and is charged and convicted The joke is on us Cayman !

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  11. Anonymous says:

    they are all tainted as they supported and voted in this muppett

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  12. Anonymous says:

    As long as European “leaders” compete with one another to show their loyalty and submission to their masters in Washington, nothing will change irrespective of whoever will replace BJ.

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    • Anonymous says:

      What??? Their “masters” in Washington? Are you serious? There are no leaders in Washington now. There’s only Biden, who has problems and doesn’t know what is happening anywhere, unless it’s in the Ukraine.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    The British political class is jumping off the Titanic, they see the iceberg ahead, they timed it perfect, collecting the dirt and shenanigans at no. 10 to blame Johnson.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Today’s Governments are not realistic because they don’t understand objectively the reality, because they don’t employ strategic empathy, they are historically illiterate, and they are bad at functional economics and politics.

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