London, 7 July 2022 (PA Media/dpa/MIA) – It is “clearly the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he announces his resignation.
He said 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.”
Support for Johnson has drained in recent days amid charges that he ignored allegations of sexual misconduct against party member Chris Pincher even as Pincher was elevated within the party hierarchy.
Johnson said he had tried to persuade his Cabinet it would be “eccentric to change prime minister now, but “I regret not to have been successful in those arguments.”