Boris Johnson asked to quit by his ministers at 10 Downing Street: Reports

With more than 30 government resignations and many lawmakers in his Conservative Party in open revolt, some senior ministers were in Downing Street to tell the prime minister he needed to go, a source said. At least one was there to back him if he decided to fight on, another source said.

Despite the clamour for him to resign, Johnson said he had a mandate from the 2019 national election, which he won with a large majority, to plough on.

“I am not going to step down and the last thing this country needs, frankly, is an election,” he told a parliamentary committee, refusing to answer whether he would try to stay in the job even if he lost a confidence vote from his own lawmakers.

The dramatic resignations on Tuesday evening of his health and finance ministers triggered a growing swell of other ministerial departures, while many Conservative lawmakers openly said they wanted him gone, questioning his fitness to govern and his integrity.

At parliamentary questions on Wednesday some Conservatives struggled not to laugh when others poked fun at him and he took a pummelling from a committee of senior politicians over his past behaviour, his motivation and some of the scandals that have come to define much of his tenure.

The ebullient Johnson came to power nearly three years ago, promising to deliver Britain’s exit from the European Union and rescue it from the bitter wrangling that followed the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Some Conservatives enthusiastically backed him while others were happy to support him despite reservations about the former journalist and London mayor because he was able to appeal to parts of the electorate that usually rejected their party.

That was borne out in the December 2019 election. But his administration’s combative and often chaotic approach to governing and a series of scandals have exhausted the goodwill of many of his lawmakers while opinion polls show he is no longer popular with the public at large.

Despite even one-time supporters saying the current crisis could only end with his resignation, Johnson vowed to fight on and his spokesperson said he was confident of winning another confidence motion, having only narrowly triumphed in a previous one last month.

“The job of a prime minister in difficult circumstances when you’ve been handed a colossal mandate is to keep going,” Johnson told parliament. “And that’s what I’m going to do.”

Johnson might take some relief from the 1922 Committee that sets the rules for Conservative leadership confidence votes. It decided to hold an election to its executive before changing the rules to allow a second confidence vote on his leadership.

He has tried to reassert his authority by quickly appointing Nadhim Zahawi – a rising Conservative star widely praised for the successful rollout of COVID-19 vaccines – as finance minister. But Zahawi was in the group of ministers in Downing Street who were to tell him to go.

‘THE LIGHTWEIGHT BRIGADE’

Earlier in parliament, senior ministers struggled to contain their laughter as the opposition Labour leader poked fun at his cabinet for being in the “charge of the lightweight brigade”.

“At some point, we have to conclude that enough is enough. I believe that point is now,” said Sajid Javid, in his resignation speech as health minister, with Johnson listening stony-faced.

His leadership has been mired in scandals over the last few months. He was fined by police for breaking COVID-19 lockdown laws, while a damning report laid bare breaches of those rules by Downing Street officials, and a committee is investigating whether he then lied to parliament about it.

There have also been policy U-turns, an ill-fated defence of a lawmaker who broke lobbying rules, and criticism he has not done enough to tackle inflation, with many Britons struggling to cope with rising fuel and food prices.

The latest scandal saw Johnson apologising for appointing a lawmaker to a role involved in party welfare and discipline, even after being briefed that the politician had been the subject of complaints about sexual misconduct.

With Johnson vowing to cling on, and with no immediate way of forcing him from office, one Conservative lawmaker likened it to the attempts of former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 U.S. election result.

“We could end up in a Trumpian standoff,” the lawmaker said. “This could end up causing enormous embarrassment and damage to the party.”

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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