A timetable for Boris Johnson’s replacement will be announced next week, as the embattled PM delivers his resignation speech outside 10 Downing Street, stating: “In politics, no one is indispensable.”
Johnson’s speech was a far cry from Theresa May’s tearful departure three years ago and the PM, who suffered more than 50 cabinet resignations in the past 36 hours before finally leaving, looked determined.
He said he had spoken to Graham Brady, who runs the influential Conservative 1922 Committee, and will now appoint an interim cabinet to serve until a new leader is in place. Some members of that cabinet have been unveiled in the past hour and a timetable for Johnson’s replacement will be announced next week.
“I have tried to persuade colleagues that it would be eccentric to change governments when we are delivering so much,” he said. “I regret not being able to do so but the herd instinct in Westminster is powerful. In politics, no one is indispensable.”
He described the British political system as “brilliant and Darwinian” and said it will “produce another equally commited to taking [our agenda] forward.”
Those already predicted to run include Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, whose resignations Tuesday sparked Johnson’s downfall, Deputy PM Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace. Wildcards Suella Braverman and Steve Baker have already said they will run live on air.