Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been exercising mainstream political commentators amid the increasing expectation that his resignation is imminent. That resignation has just been confirmed.
Johnson had missed, without explanation, two scheduled appearances – the Western Balkans summit and an emergency ‘COBRA’ meeting to discuss the tragic death of Dawn Sturgess, one of the victims of the Amesbury poisoning.:
Johnson is famously said to have written two versions of a pre-referendum article while he decided whether a leave or remain stance would best work in his favour. Clearly he has eventually decided his career is best served by resigning now.
The move is likely to trigger a series of further resignations and a leadership contest. There are strong rumours that Theresa May has called a press conference for 3.30pm.
May has lost what little control she had of her government. Her resignation as PM is not enough – she must call a general election immediately.
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