Last Updated on July 7, 2022
After a number of resignations from his cabinet over the past week, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he would be stepping down in a statement Thursday. Johnson thanked the people for the “immense privilege” they had bestowed upon him and said it was time for the Conservative Party to have a new leader.
“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 PM,” Johnson said. “I today appointed a cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place,” he continued.
The move came after dozens ofby members of his cabinet and government while calls for his resignation grew louder. He will remain on until a new leader is chosen, though Labour Party leaders have said he should be officially out as soon as possible.
The vote to choose a new Prime Minister will not be public and whoever is chosen will stay on until the next general election in 2025. It is possible that a new general election could be called if the Queen dissolves Parliament, though this is not expected to happen.
There will now be a debate on whether to leave Johnson in place for the time being or if a caretaker should be brought in. A new leader likely won’t be chosen until the fall, as Parliament will begin its summer recess on July 21.