Boris Johnson resigns as UK Prime Minister
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Boris Johnson resigns as UK Prime Minister

Boris Johnson resigns as UK Prime Minister

Johnson, who resigned as leader of the Conservative Party, said that he will serve as PM until a new leader is in place

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Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK, has resigned today.

In a statement issued outside his Downing Street residence on July 7, Johnson said that “it is clearly now the will of the Parliamentary Conservative Party, that there should be a new leader of that party and therefore a new Prime Minister”.

“I’ve today appointed a cabinet to serve as I will, until a new leader is in place,” he added.

“I want to say to the millions of people who voted for us in 2019 – thank you for that incredible mandate.”

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, tweeted that the Irish government stands ready to work with a new UK PM.

Meanwhile, the EU’s erstwhile Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, Michel Barnier, said that the departure of Johnson opens a new page in relations with the UK.

A close ally said Johnson had showed in the last 48 hours he would go down fighting but he’s conceded he must resign.

With inputs from Bloomberg 

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