(LONDON) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced early Thursday that he is stepping down from the Conservative Party and will resign as Prime Minister.
His announcement follows after dozens of U.K. officials announced their resignation, along with countless firing scandals.
Johnson admitted to knowing about sexual misconduct allegations against Conservative member of parliament Chris Pincher after saying he was “not aware” of them.
Earlier today, at least five more members of the government resigned after a wave of resignations came on Wednesday.
Just last month, he survived a confidence vote. However, nearly 150 members of parliament voted against him at the time.
“In the past few weeks, I have been trying to convince my colleagues it would be eccentric to change governments when we have achieved so much,” Johnson said in front of Ten Downing Street amongst a booing crowd. “I regret not to be successful in those arguments and, of course, it’s painful not to be able to see through those projects myself.”
Got here at 0530 this morning and Boris Johnson was still planning to try and tough it out.
A few hours later and he’s announced his resignation. The conversation will soon move to who replaces him as PM…. https://t.co/c4WR2EIFoS pic.twitter.com/qWmODT0cAB
— Nick Eardley (@nickeardleybbc) July 7, 2022
Johnson will remain on as prime minister until a new leader is in place, likely in the fall.
Staff Writer Julianna Caban, contributed to the story.