Boris Johnson's exit: How UK politicians reacted

Politicians in the United Kingdom cutting across party lines have reacted to reports of PM Boris Johnson resigning from his post.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks at Downing Street
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks at Downing Street

LONDON: Boris Johnson will announce his resignation as British Prime Minister on Thursday, a government source said, after he was abandoned by ministers and his Conservative Party's lawmakers who said he was no longer fit to govern

Below are some reactions:

Keir Starmer, Leader Of Opposition Labour Party

"It is good news for the country that Boris Johnson has resigned as Prime Minister.

"But it should have happened long ago. He was always unfit for office. He has been responsible for lies, scandal and fraud on an industrial scale."

Justin Tomlinson, Deputy Chairman Of Conservative Party

"I was Team Boris, as the GE (general election) showed he was our star player who connected across traditional political divides. Yes there were ups and downs, but he turbo-charged social mobility and opportunity.

"His resignation was inevitable. As a Party we must quickly unite and focus on what matters. These are serious times on many fronts."

George Freeman, Conservative Lawmaker And Former Minister

"We need Ministers back at their desks.

"Now PM has finally done the decent thing he needs to hand in the seals of office, apologise to Her Majesty, allow her to appoint a Caretaker under whom Ministers can serve, so the Conservative Party can choose a new leader properly."

Nick Gibb, Conservative Lawmaker And Former Minister

"As well as resigning as Party leader the PM must resign his office. After losing so many ministers, he has lost the trust and authority required to continue. We need an acting PM who is not a candidate for leader to stabilise the government while a new leader is elected."

Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister

"There will be a widespread sense of relief that the chaos of the last few days (indeed months) will come to an end, though notion of Boris Johnson staying on as PM until autumn seems far from ideal, and surely not sustainable?"

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