The former Prime Minister compared the Privileges Committee’s inquiry to a “kangaroo court” as he announced his intention to step down as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
His dramatic resignation will trigger a by-election – but is that the last we see of him in politics?
When Mr Johnson stepped down as Prime Minister, he quipped: “Hasta la vista, baby” and told MPs: “Mission is mostly accomplished – for now.”
This was widely interpreted as a sign that he believed he would one day be able to walk through the doors of 10 Downing Street again, just like his political hero, the twice-elected Winston Churchill.
Now, in his resignation speech, he said it was “very sad to be leaving Parliament – at least for the time being”. Could he be thinking of a comeback?
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Our policy team was at the heart of this groundbreaking story: they covered from the start when the news broke last night. And we’ve followed the twists and turns of Boris Johnson’s time at the helm of British politics throughout.
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Boris Johnson’s full statement on his resignation as MP
Boris Johnson resigns as MP
Boris Johnson described his resignation as MP as a “coward”.
Mhairi Black, deputy leader of the SNP in Westminster, said the former No10 incumbent “jumped before he was pushed” while Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner said the British public was “sick to the back teeth of.” this never-ending Tory soap opera”.
Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper said it was “good liberation” from Mr Johnson.
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