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"Very painful": Johnson officially announced his resignation and addressed the people of the UK and Ukraine

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Johnson will resign as soon as a new prime minister is elected

Prime Minister Boris Johnson officially announced his resignation and agreed that the process to choose a new head of the Cabinet has to start now. He will remain in office until the next PM is found.

Quote"It is clearly the will of the parliamentary Conservative party that there should be a new leader of that party, and therefore a new prime minister. I’ve agreed that the process of choosing that new leader should begin now," Johnson pointed out in his resignation speech.

Johnson thanked all those who voted for the Tories at the latest general election and explained why he has fought so hard to remain in office in the last few days:

Quote"The reason I have fought so hard in the last few days was not just because I wanted to do so, but because I felt it was my job, my duty, my obligation."

Among his achievements, the Prime Minister named getting Brexit done, settling the UK’s relations with the continent, getting the country all through the COVID-19 pandemic, and leading the West in standing up to Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.

Addressing the Ukrainians, Johnson assured them that the UK would continue to back their fight.

He said that he deemed it eccentric to change governments while the Conservative Party has quite a wide support and is delivering so much for the country and the world:

Quote"I regret not to have been successful in those arguments. Of course, it is painful to not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects. But as we have seen at Westminster, the herd instinct is powerful and when the herd moves, it moves."

At the same time, Johnson promised to give as much support to the next government and party leader as he could, as well as the British public.

Quote"I know that there will be many people who are relieved and perhaps quite a few who will also be disappointed. I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world," he stressed.

However, the politician added that this is a "break" rather than the end of his political career.

Quote"Even if things seem dark now, our future together is golden," Johnson summed up, thanking his family and the public for their support.

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