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Live: Boris Johnson resigns as Prime Minister

(Credit: Sky News)

Boris Johnson has announced his resignation but insisted he will stay on as Prime Minister until a new leader is appointed. Speaking on the steps of No. 10 this afternoon, Boris said he was ‘immensely proud’ of his achievements in office’. The PM’s decision to step down came after over 50 of his ministers resigned and Nadhim Zahawi, who was appointed Chancellor on Tuesday, publicly said he should go.

2.15 p.m. – History won’t look kindly on Boris

James Kirkup writes… ‘Them’s the breaks’. Those three words speak volumes about Boris Johnson’s ability, his character and his fears, says James Kirkup. Read the rest of the article here.

1.30 p.m – Is Boris like Trump?

Freddy Gray writes… The urge to compare Boris Johnson to Donald Trump was always irresistible. As Johnson’s government collapsed on top of him yesterday and he appeared to be refusing to resign, some journalists instantly went for the ‘Britain Trump’ allusions. Johnson was desperately ‘clinging on’ to power; ‘unable to face reality’ and ‘refusing to respect the basic conventions of parliamentary democracy.’ Some Twitter blowhards even started bloviating about Johnson’s refusal to resign as comparable to Trump’s behaviour around 6 January. It’s at such moments that the Trump-Boris comparisons break down.

Read the rest of the article here.

1.00 p.m. – The PM’s reluctant goodbye

Katy Balls writes… Boris Johnson’s resignation speech was rather pointed in places. The PM said he had tried to make the point to colleagues that changing leader now would be ‘eccentric’ but had failed despite the fact he had a ‘vast mandate’ and the party is only a handful of points behind in the polls.

12.50 p.m. – Boris Johnson’s speech: the full text:

‘It’s painful not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects myself. But as we’ve seen at Westminster, the herd instinct is powerful. And when the herd moves, it moves.’

Read the full text of the Prime Minister’s speech on Coffee House.

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