Boris Johnson has a penchant for making headlines for the wrong reasons. Not only has Johnson been mercilessly criticized for his politics and endless scandals (including Partygate, which led to a no-confidence vote in June 2022, which he survived), but he’s also been criticized for his downsides, his long list of ex-wives, his wealth, his relationship to Queen Elizabeth and more.
However, despite all the criticism, Johnson managed to maintain his role as prime minister through months of calls for his resignation, but the last straw came on July 5. At the time, two of its top ministers resigned simultaneously, according to AP News, amid a new scandal alleging that the prime minister’s office mishandled allegations of sexual misconduct, per CNN. That brought the number of top lawmakers who had quit, according to NPR, to 50, and on July 7 Boris Johnson was left with no choice but to announce his resignation.
In a six-minute speech outside Downing Street, the Prime Minister said he would indeed resign, stating: “It is now clearly the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader of that party, and therefore a new Prime Minister.” The deposed one Noting the process to select a new leader would begin immediately, Prime Minister said he would continue to serve for the time being, likely until October He also boasted about Brexit and what he called a successful fight against COVID-19, and said, “I am very proud of the achievements of this government.” Many disagreed.
Critics have called Boris Johnson everything from “low-life” to “unable to govern”.
Reactions to Boris Johnson’s resignation were probably not what the disgraced Prime Minister expected. Politicians, Britons and people around the world voiced their approval as they highlighted what they believe are his biggest failures in office, including a high number of COVID-19 deaths. Irish politician Michelle O’Neill didn’t hold back when she tweeted: “It was utter absurdity that people here should have been exposed to Boris Johnson for so long.” Meanwhile, US activist Charlotte Clymer wrote: “It is right and proper that Boris Johnson resign”.
What most didn’t approve of was Johnson’s actual speech. Many called him out for showing no remorse and apologizing, including The Guardian journalist Frances Ryan, who slammed: “Boris Johnson left office when he came: a charlatan who causes immense harm to everyone around him and will never take responsibility for it.” Byline Times political editor Adam Bienkov called it an “incredibly ruthless statement,” while MP Anum called Qaisar Johnson “a narcissistic villain who only looks out for himself.” Piers Morgan, of course, jumped in too, tweeting that “Boris Johnson quits when he was leading – bragging, gossiping and blaming everyone but himself.”
People also didn’t appreciate the PM’s vow to stay until after the summer. Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labor Party, argued that “Boris Johnson is unfit to govern and must go now”. Another critic agreed, arguing, “Unless he steps out and is replaced by an interim PM, he will not relinquish power.”