Boris Johnson is officially stepping down as leader of the Conservative party and Prime Minister of Britain. Johnson landed himself in hot water many times during his term, including his shutting down parliament, attending government officials’ parties during COVID lockdown, his home secretary being accused of bullying staff, and two of his ethics advisers quitting.
In his resignation speech, Johnson spoke about self-proclaimed accomplishments of his, such as Britain being the fastest European country to end its COVID lockdown. He hinted at what sort of turmoil ensued during his attempts to keep his position, saying he "tried to persuade my colleagues that it would be eccentric to change governments when we are delivering so much."
Johnson also gave a vague warning to other political figures, saying, "when the herd moves, it moves, and my friends in politics, no one is remotely indispensable." Johnson did not directly address any scandals that led to him stepping down, and he will still serve as Prime Minister while the Conservative party begins narrowing down a list of candidates to potentially replace him.