Boris Johnson to resign as Conservative Party leader, says national broadcaster

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Boris Johnson is to resign as Conservative Party leader, the BBC has reported.

A Downing Street spokesperson told CNN on Thursday that “the Prime Minister will make a statement to the country today.”

PA Media earlier reported, citing a Downing Street source, that Johnson has spoken to Conservative Party 1922 Committee chairman Graham Brady and agreed to stand down, with a new leader set to be in place by the party conference in October.

Boris Johnson's government has been plagued by a series of scandals, from accusations of his disregard for rules and revelations of illegal lockdown-breaking parties held in Downing Street, to allegations of impropriety and abuse by Conservative lawmakers.

Keir Starmer, the opposition Labour Party leader, responded to reports that UK Boris Johnson will resign as Conservative Party leader, calling it “good news.”

“He was always unfit for office,” Starmer said in a statement shared on Twitter. “He has been responsible for lies, scandal and fraud on an industrial scale. And all those who have been complicit should be utterly ashamed.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on whether Queen Elizabeth II has had any communication with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday morning, Britain’s PA news agency reported.

The Queen is at Windsor Castle and the Court Circular recorded that she held her weekly audience by telephone with Johnson on Wednesday evening, according to the PA.