Citizens react to resignation of UK PM Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson departs 10 Downing Street, London, Thursday May 26, 2022, the day after the publication of the Sue Gray report into parties in Whitehall during the coronavirus lockdown. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson departs 10 Downing Street, London, Thursday May 26, 2022, the day after the publication of the Sue Gray report into parties in Whitehall during the coronavirus lockdown. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

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UPDATED 7:23 PM PT – Thursday, July 7, 2022

Constituents of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson responded to his resignation. Residents across London expressed mixed emotions on Thursday, after Johnson stepped down from his post following calls for his resignation from fellow conservative lawmakers.

“It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader and therefore a new prime minister,” Johnson said.

He thanked the voters who gave him a landslide general election victory in December 2019 and said he’d resisted the calls to resign because he felt it was his obligation to continue to do what he promised in 2019. He promised to offer his successor his support.

Johnson said he’d appointed a new Cabinet that would serve alongside him until the Conservative Party selected a new leader to replace him as prime minister.

“It is good news for the country that Boris Johnson has resigned as Prime Minister,” said Keir Starmer, leader of Opposition Labour Party. “It should have happened long ago. He was always unfit for office. He has been responsible for lies, scandal and fraud on an industrial scale.”

One person called the move pitiful and added that the UK needed someone charismatic who actually deals with the people.

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