Boris Johnson clings to his premiership after dozens of British lawmakers step down and urge him to step down

Johnson started the day promising to fight despite resignation shock his Treasury Secretary, Health Secretary and dozens of other lawmakers furious at the latest saga sweeping Downing Street: the handling of the resignation of Johnson’s former Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher, who was accused last week of molesting two men.
But stream of resignations Wednesday may now sink the Prime Minister, and MP after MP criticizes his dishonesty, accusing him of undermining the standards of public life and urging him to resign for the good of the country.

The spectacular disintegration of Johnson’s political career could now be over in a few hours; while he has so far refused to budge, conservative lawmakers have been discussing reformulating their party rules and voting to oust him if necessary. By Wednesday evening, a delegation of Cabinet Ministers was reported to have arrived at Downing Street to ask him to leave.

“At some point, we have to come to the conclusion that this is enough,” Johnson told Parliament earlier Wednesday, former health minister Sajid Javid, the first of many ministers to step down in the past 24 hours. “I’ve come to the conclusion that the problem starts at the top and that’s not going to change.”

Five ministers resigned in one fell swoop on Wednesday afternoon, and by the end of the day, Johnson had lost more than 30 members of his government.

His longtime ally and senior cabinet minister Michael Gove also urged him Wednesday afternoon to admit his time was up, two senior advisers with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CNN. The news was first reported by Mail+, the Daily Mail’s digital platform. There was no official comment from Gove’s office on the matter.

Johnson was shaken by the resignations of Javid (left) and Sunak (right) on Tuesday night.

“The public rightly expects the government to behave properly, competently and seriously,” Chancellor Rishi Sunak said in his resignation letter Tuesday evening. “I understand that this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”

“The prime minister is constantly trying to distract himself from the problem, always trying to blame other people for mistakes … (he) has no choice but to take responsibility and resign,” added Conservative MP Gary Sambrook in Parliament. drawing applause and applause from legislators.

An endless series of scandals

Numerous prime ministers have been ousted from their posts in sudden and deadly uprisings within their parties, with leaders generally choosing to step down as soon as things fall into place. But the speed with which the Johnson government is heading for the abyss echoes several episodes in British political history.

Less than three years ago, Johnson won a landslide election victory and then brought about Brexit, the political revolution that many in his party have been demanding for decades. Even late last year, Johnson was in a healthy position in the opinion polls. While the United Kingdom has highest death rate from Covid-19 in EuropeJohnson was encouraged by the spread of the popular vaccine,
But then scandal after scandal destroyed his reputation among the public. He aspired cancel suspension an ally accused of misconduct; he was fined by the police for visiting one of the many parties that took place on Downing Street during blocking; he lost two MPs to sex scandals and then failed to regain seats in a by-election; and this week he admitted he was informed of the accusation against Pincher before he promoted him to Deputy Chief Whip, despite his ministers and aides initially claiming otherwise.
Why is British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the biggest crisis and what's next?

This Pincher saga finally caused Johnson’s support base to crumble. Johnson barely survived a vote of no confidence in early June, but the rebels threatened to change the party rules and allow another vote in the near future unless Johnson resigned, and he can now be expected to lose.

A surly Johnson struggled to answer questions from the Prime Minister in Parliament, and then answered questions from MPs at a parliamentary committee meeting, during which he was supported by even more of his allies.

Johnson’s attempts to hold on to power were called “pathetic” by opposition leader Keir Starmer, who also turned his attack on several allies in his cabinet still supporting him. “Doesn’t a country in the midst of a crisis deserve better than nodding Z-list dogs?” Starmer asked in Parliament.

If Johnson resigns, a campaign for Conservative leadership will begin, with the winner also taking over as prime minister.

This person will need to deal with domestic issues such as the cost of living crisis hitting British households and inherit huge pressures from overseas. Johnson has developed a good relationship with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and has been a leading contributor to Europe’s response to the Russian invasion.

Luke McGee of CNN contributed to the story.