Following several resignations from significant members of his government, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned.
Early on Thursday, BBC political editor Chris Mason reported that Mr. Johnson intended to serve as prime minister through the fall, allowing for the organization of a Conservative leadership election and the appointment of a successor.
The BBC also noted the start of a push to remove Mr. Johnson.
“Suella Braverman has expressed an interest in the top job and there will be others including – but not limited to – Penny Mordaunt, Tom Tugendhat and Jeremy Hunt,” Iain Watson said on Thursday.
There have been more than 50 resignations from Mr. Johnson’s administration this week.
Following the Wednesday resignations of Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, there was an increase in resignations, most of which came from junior ministers.
After it was found that Mr. Johnson promoted Tory MP Chris Pincher despite being aware of allegations of misbehavior against him.
Recently appointed Education Minister Michelle Donelan is the latest to leave Mr Johnson’s administration, as she resigned a day after being promoted to Education Minister, replacing Nadhim Zahawi.
Mr Johnson’s time as prime minister was tumultuous as he had faced multiple scandals including scaling a confidence vote last month.
The resignations came as Mr Johnson apologised for supporting a former minister despite complaints of sexual misconduct being made against him. The latest scandal came as a former senior official said Mr Johnson had been briefed in person on alleged wrongdoing by Tory MP Chris Pincher.
As of Wednesday, several cabinet ministers have clarified that they will not be leaving the government. The ministers included Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, and International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan.