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Boris Johnson to resign as prime minister

Boris Johnson will today resign as prime minister as he finally bows to the pressure of swathes of government resignations.

A No 10 source said Mr Johnson had spoken to the chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, and agreed to stand down, with a new Tory leader set to be in place by the party’s conference in October.

A separate No 10 spokesman said: “The prime minister will make a statement to the country today.”

The confirmation came shortly after Mr Johnson’s newly appointed Education Secretary Michelle Donelan resigned following just 36 hours in the post, and Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi told the prime minister to “go now”.


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