In his speech, he praised his administration’s achievements, including supporting Ukraine after the Russian invasion and fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Following Theresa May and David Cameron, he became the third consecutive British prime minister in recent years to resign before his term in office.
As Johnson received applause from colleagues in Downing Street, boos from nearby crowds threatened to drown out his speech. Meanwhile, the loudspeakers played an adapted version of the Bay City Rollers song “Bye Bye Baby” with the lyrics changed to “bye bye Boris”.
Some in the crowd celebrated Johnson’s departure.
“He’s a born liar, you can’t trust someone who tells so many lies,” said Diane Flynn, 40, who was visiting London from Glasgow, Scotland.
Months of dissatisfaction with the judgment and morals of Johnson’s ruling party erupted on Tuesday night with the resignations of Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid.
The final straw that broke them was the Prime Minister’s shifting interpretation of his handling of allegations of sexual misconduct within the Conservative Party.
Calls for Johnson’s resignation intensified in the hours that followed, during which time more than 50 other members of the government also resigned.
The embattled prime minister left few allies in the final hours before his announcement, and even ministers he appointed 36 hours ago turned against him. Before his announcement, Johnson was ditched by his promoted finance and education ministers to keep him. They were joined by several other ministers – with the government facing its worst crisis in decades and nearly losing its way.
“Yesterday, with my colleague No. 10, I made it clear to the Prime Minister that things only go one way and that he should leave with dignity,” newly appointed Prime Minister Nadim Zahavi wrote in an open letter posted on Twitter. road. early Thursday.