Boris Johnson has right now informed the nation he’s resigning as prime minister and clearing the stage for a brand new Tory chief by the autumn.
In an handle outdoors No10, the defeated PM lastly introduced his “painful” resolution to give up after conceding he might now not cling on.
Two years and 348 days since he first entered No10 in 2019, the PM right now known as The Queen to inform her he deliberate to stand down.
He thanked his supporters and the tens of millions who voted for him however mentioned: “My associates, in politics, nobody is remotely indispensable.”
He mentioned he was “immensely pleased with the achievements of this authorities” comparable to Brexit and the vaccine rollout.
Carrie Johnson held their daughter Romy as she gathered in Downing St with the PM’s loyalists.
He fired the beginning gun on a Conservative management race that will probably be bitterly fought all through the summer time.
However some Tory MPs are demanding Mr Johnson bows out now and hand over to a caretaker PM whereas a brand new chief is elected.
Mr Johnson’s authorities has totally imploded with 55 resignations and junior ministers refusing to fill the vacant jobs.
Sir Keir Starmer has promised to desk a vote of no confidence if Mr Johnson doesn’t depart instantly.
As he ready to dig in for 3 months, Mr Johnson introduced Greg Clark would exchange sacked Michael Gove as Levelling Up Minister.
James Cleverley was made Training Secretary after Michelle Donelan resigned this morning after simply 36 hours within the job.
New Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi revealed a letter telling the PM it’s time to go.
It got here after seven ministers give up earlier than breakfast, which means the general variety of resignations topped 50.
A race to exchange Mr Johnson as Tory chief and British PM will now start.
Large Conservative hitters like Rishi Sunak, Nadhim Zahawi, Liz Truss, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt are all anticipated to have a tilt.