His resignation will pave the way for a successor to replace him as British prime minister after dozens of his ministers quit his scandal-hit government.
Following his resignation, British Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, called for “calmness and unity” Thursday after Johnston quit as Conservative Party leader following a series of scandals and an exodus of cabinet ministers.
“The PM has made the right decision. The Government under Boris’s leadership had many achievements — delivering Brexit, vaccines and backing Ukraine. We need calmness and unity now and to keep governing while a new leader is found,” she tweeted from Bali where she is scheduled to attend a G20 ministerial meeting on Friday.
In his speech, Johnson said his resignation was “clearly now the will of the parliamentary party”, adding that the move will pave way for a new prime minister to replace him.
According to him, I waited so long to make the decision as I have been keen to deliver on the voters’ mandate in person as I felt it was my duty and obligation to do what I had promised.
Johnson said he was immensely proud of his achievements while in office, while he thanked his wife Carrie, his children, the NHS, armed forces, and Downing Street staff.