Boris Johnson was rocked by fresh resignations on Thursday morning as a growing number of lawmakers from the ruling Conservative Party tried to force the British Prime Minister out of 10 Downing Street.
Here are the latest resignations:
Brandon Lewis: The UK’s Northern Ireland Secretary has become the fourth cabinet member to step down. In Brandon Lewis’ letter to the Prime Minister, he stated that “decent and responsible government is built on honesty, integrity and mutual respect — it is with deep personal regret that I have to leave government because I no longer believe that these values are confirmed.
Helen Whately: In her resignation letter, Britain’s Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury said she had been advocating for Johnson to continue in recent months, but “there are only a limited number of times you can apologize and move on”.
Damien Hinds: British Security Minister Damian Hinds announced on Thursday that he had resigned from his post in the Johnson government. “It shouldn’t take the resignation of dozens of colleagues, but for our country, and confidence in our democracy, we need to have a change in leadership,” he tweeted, attaching his resignation letter to the mail.
George Freeman: He has resigned as Britain’s minister for science, research and innovation, according to Britain’s national news agency PA Media on Thursday.
In his resignation letter to Johnson, he said “the chaos in your Cabinet and No10 this month is destroying our credibility”.
Guy Opperman: The UK Deputy Minister who served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Work and Pensions, resigned on Thursday. “I have given you ample opportunity to show real change,” Opperman said in his resignation letter to Johnson. “Unfortunately, recent events have made it clear that the government simply cannot function with you in charge.”
Chris Philip: He resigned as Britain’s Minister for Technology and the Digital Economy saying: ‘Given the events of the last few weeks and months I therefore think you should resign as Prime Minister and he therefore I cannot serve in your government any longer.”
James Cartlidge: The Deputy Minister, who served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice, became the 53rd cabinet member to resign.
“I felt compelled to stay on given the very difficult circumstances facing the criminal courts. I was of the opinion that there should be some semblance of government in this crucial part of our constitutions. But the position is clearly untenable,” he said in his resignation letter shared on Thursday.