Boris Johnson is set to resign as Prime Minister today, following a wave of resignations in protest of his leadership.
Michelle Donelan, the new education secretary, became the fifth Cabinet minister to resign after taking the job on Tuesday night, with Mr Johnson’s new chancellor Nadhim Zahawi publicly urging him to “do the right thing and go now.”
On Thursday morning, David TC Davies, the parliamentary under-secretary for Wales, claimed publicly that he had effectively turned down the department’s Cabinet role, which had been vacated by Simon Hart the night before.
The collapse in Cabinet support occurred after it was revealed that Mr Johnson promoted Tory MP Chris Pincher despite being aware of misconduct allegations against him.
However, an ally of Mr Johnson claimed on Wednesday night that he had vowed to “fight on,” as the Prime Minister fired housing secretary Michael Gove for calling on him to resign. Suella Braverman, the attorney general, did the same, revealing ambitions to succeed him as Prime Minister – but she remains in office.
Boris Johnson is expected to stay in office until a new Tory leader is appointed, which is expected to happen by October.
“The prime minister will make a statement to the country today,” a Downing Street spokesperson said of his resignation.
According to a No. 10 source, he will remain in office until a new Tory leader is in place by the party’s annual conference in October.