Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns

Same tenure as Neville Chamberlain

James Baxter-Derrington
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Boris Johnson has resigned as Conservative party leader, stepping down from the role less than 48 hours after Chancellor Rishi Sunak and health secretary Sajid Javid began a record spate of resignations.

Since Javid's resignation at 18:02 on 5 July, quickly followed by Sunak's at 18:11, a total of 54 minister have resigned from the government, with most citing a lack of faith in Johnson. Johnson had held on, arguing he would not step down until his mandate from the British people was withdrawn, which led many to believe he may attempt to call a snap election. However, during a liaison committee meeting yesterday (6 July), Johnson was told in no uncertain terms that he would not be allowed to dissolve the government. While it looked as though Johnson might remain as leader until next w...

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