Boris Johnson ends bid to return as UK’s next prime minister
Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of running for the Tory leadership, despite claiming he had the support required to do so.
The former prime minister said: “I believe I am well placed to deliver a Conservative victory in 2024 – and tonight I can confirm that I have cleared the very high hurdle of 102 nominations, including a proposer and a seconder, and I could put my nomination in tomorrow.
“There is a very good chance that I would be successful in the election with Conservative Party members – and that I could indeed be back in Downing Street on Friday.
“But in the course of the last days, I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do. You can’t govern effectively unless you have a united party in parliament.”
Boris Johnson said that due to the failure to reach a deal with Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt, “I am afraid the best thing is that I do not allow my nomination to go forward and commit my support to whoever succeeds”.
“I believe I have much to offer but I am afraid that this is simply not the right time,” the former prime minister said.
Johnson's decision comes after days of speculation that he was going to announce a surprise attempt to return as prime minister just three months after he was forced to resign by his own MPs following a series of scandals.
Although Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt are the only two MPs who have formally announced that they will be running Sunak is strongly considered to be the favourite and is highly likely to be confirmed as the next prime minister of the UK.
Here's how people are reacting to the news.
\u201cA tough day for those 102 MPs, though sadly we don\u2019t know who they are in order to personally commiserate.\u201d
\u201cBoris Johnson is, by some distance, the worst thing ever to happen to British politics. A serial liar, a proven cheat, an enemy of common decency. If he has finally buckled under the weight of his own depravity, none of his supporters should be allowed to forget their complicity.\u201d
\u201cThose FIVE Zahawi u-turns in full:\n\nServing Boris\n\u201cHe\u2019s got to go\u201d\nChancellor, yes please \nLetter: Actually you should resign\nI\u2019m backing Boris\nWe must support Rishi\u201d
\u201c\u201cI flew back early from my expensive holiday to take part in the Tory leadership election, desperately called every two bit cunt of an MP to successfully secure the required nominations, but then, assured of a landslide amongst the party membership, simply decided not to run.\u201d\u201d
— Scary Brenda \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f (they/them) (@Scary Brenda \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f (they/them))
\u201clate one for the boris backers tonight\u201d
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