Boris Johnson is to resign after meeting with Sir Graham Brady of the 1922 Committee as more than 50 MP have quit and he is unable to fill cabinet seats.
The new Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi told the Prime Minister to quit and “go now,” Penny Mordaunt and Ben Wallace both withdrew their support for Johnson.
Johnson will make an announcement to the country and the world’s media later today from Downing Street.
A total of 57 MPs have now quit government roles and the last straw was when his newly-appointed Chancellor, Nahim Zahawi, who has been in the job for 36 hours, told him to “do the right thing and go now.”
Prime Minister: this is not sustainable and it will only get worse: for you, for the Conservative Party and most importantly of all the country. You must do the right thing and go now. pic.twitter.com/F2iKT1PhvC
— Nadhim Zahawi (@nadhimzahawi) July 7, 2022
“This is not sustainable and it will only get worse, for you, for the Conservative Party and most importantly of all the country,” he wrote.
Speaking over his stubborn refusal to quit, Zahawi added, “I am heartbroken that he hasn’t listened and that he is now undermining the incredible achievements of this government at this late hour.”
A Number 10 spokesman said, “The Prime Minister will make a statement to the country today.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said this is “good news for the country” that Johnson is to resign, he added, “It should have happened long ago.”