British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned on Thursday, following the resignations of over 50 ministers and aides, including three cabinet ministers, since late Wednesday. He said, “I am immensely proud of my achievements and I will continue till the next leader takes over.”
The resignations of Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid came late Tuesday. Michelle Donelan, the UK Education Minister, resigned on Thursday, two days after taking office.
Boris Johnson rode his luck throughout his career, overcoming a string of setbacks and scandals that would have doomed other politicians.
But, after a slew of high-profile resignations from his scandal-plagued government, the luck of a man once compared to a “greased piglet” for his ability to avoid controversies finally ran out.
The departures of cabinet heavyweights Rishi Sunak as finance minister and Sajid Javid as health secretary on Tuesday weakened the prime minister at a time when he needed allies the most.
His expected departure on Thursday, following a slew of resignations from his top team, comes just three years after he succeeded Theresa May in an internal Conservative leadership election.