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What finally pushed Boris Johnson to resign?


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LONDON. Late Wednesday evening, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted defiantly, refusing to step down, refusing the pleas of cabinet colleagues who told him the game was up, and even sacking one of them, Michael Gove, a friend and rival since their days. joint work at Oxford University.

Despite everything that was against him, Mr. Johnson did not go quietly. So the strikes continued.

Simon Hart, the Welsh secretary, was due to resign, and, speaking on television, Attorney General Swella Braverman not only urged Mr. Johnson to step down, but announced herself as a candidate to replace him.

By late Wednesday, dozens of ministers or senior aides had resigned from government in an exodus that threatened to cripple decision-making in several government departments.

However, the resignations continued. By breakfast, the message from Downing Street that Mr Johnson was at his desk working on reshuffling his team was no longer credible. There were too many vacancies and too few loyalists to fill them.

Early Thursday morning, another cabinet minister, Brandon Lewis, secretary for Northern Ireland, resigned, saying the situation was “now past the point of no return” and adding: “I cannot sacrifice my personal integrity to defend things as they are.” “.

Six lower ministers followed suit, including Security Secretary Damian Hinds and Treasury Secretary Helen Whately.

But Mr. Johnson seems to have finally realized that even those he recently promoted turned their backs on him. Less than 48 hours after he became Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nadhim Zahavi demanded that the prime minister who had given him the position stand aside.

Then a new cabinet member, Michelle Donelan, who had been appointed to replace Mr. Zahavi in ​​his previous position as Minister of Education, resigned from her new position.

Shortly thereafter, word came from Downing Street that Mr Johnson admitted what had been evident for some time – that his time in the building was coming to an end and that he would address the nation later on Thursday.

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