Boris Johnson, the embattled prime minister of the United Kingdom, is expected to step down as the head of the Conservative Party today (Thursday), according to the BBC. Several Cabinet ministers have recently resigned or been fired. There have been at least 50 resignations of ministers thus far.
In order to allow for a fresh leadership election to be held in the fall, Johnson will remain in office until then.
The prime minister will address the nation today, according to a channel 10 official, according to BBC.
According to a source who spoke with the BBC, Johnson informed Sir Graham Brady, the head of the Conservative 1922 Committee, of his choice.
In order for a new leader to be in place by the conference in October, the insider continued, “The Prime Minister has spoken to Graham Brady and agreed to stand aside.”
Tuesday saw the resignations of Sajid Javid, the health secretary, and the chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak. Two days after taking office, UK Minister of Education Michelle Donelan announced her resignation on Thursday.
Tobias Ellwood, a Conservative lawmaker, expressed his satisfaction with the decision, saying: “Glad he recognized the damage that was being done not just to the party brand but also to our worldwide stock.”
In an interview with Today Programme, Ellwood further states that the party now needs to “regroup massively.”
The disclosures about how the prime minister handled accusations of sexual misconduct against former Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher set off a wave of resignations.
It was discovered that Johnson was aware of charges of sexual misbehavior against Conservative politician Pincher before the latter was given a top position.
Following charges that he touched two men at a private club, Pincher resigned last week from his position as deputy chief whip. This led to a number of revelations concerning prior accusations made against Pincher, as well as changing government explanations about what Johnson knew when he chose him for a key position enforcing party discipline.