Boris Johnson set to resign today – after Cabinet resignations ‘force his hand’?

Bowing his head: but it would be too much to hope that Boris Johnson is ashamed of the depths to which he has dragged his government, the Conservative Party, or the United Kingdom as a whole.

How humiliating for UK voters to see a disgraced prime minister clinging to his office while all his lieutenants – rightly – desert him.

After then-“Levelling-Up” secretary Michael Gove publicly called for Boris Johnson to give up and go gracefully, a delegation of Cabinet ministers attended 10 Downing Street to beg him to see sense.

And what happened?

He sacked Gove.

Yesterday, a BBC Newsnight editor reported a confidante of one of the dissenting Cabinet members’ reaction when asked what would happen if Johnson refused to resign: “Then he won’t have a Cabinet.”

So, this morning (July 7), we started to see the first resignations of Cabinet ministers since Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak quit on Tuesday.

Key among them was Michelle Donelan, who was only appointed as Education Secretary on Tuesday evening after Nadhim Zahawi was promoted to become Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Her resignation letter to Johnson states: “Yesterday, I pleaded with you to do the right thing and resign for the sake of our country and our party, both are more important than any one person.

“I see no way that you continue in post, but without a formal mechanism to remove you it seems that the only way this is only possible, is for those of us who remain in cabinet to force your hand.”

Also out was Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis. while the total number of resignations from the government climbed towards 50.

Meanwhile, Nadhim Zahawi, who was only made Chancellor on Tuesday and was said to be “solidly behind” Johnson at 2am today, appears to have been moving to slip a knife into his boss’s back – because he was urging Johnson to quit by 8.45.

And now the BBC is reporting that Johnson is set to resign as Conservative leader later today – but will continue as prime minister until the autumn (to outlast his immediate forerunner Theresa May?) while a leadership contest takes place.

So the nation can breathe a sigh of relief.

But, after the national disaster of the last three years, what new nightmare will replace him?

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