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Boris Johnson will quit as Prime Minister today (July 7) after a string of mass resignations made his already precarious position unsustainable, it has been reported.
Pippa Crerar of the Mirror and Chris Mason of the BBC have reported that Johnson "has agreed to stand down but will stay on as caretaker leader until new Tory leader elected this autumn."
Taking to Twitter, the Daily Mirror's political editor Crerar added: "Hearing that staff in No 10 have been told that Boris Johnson IS resigning and his letter has been prepared."
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The news follows over 50 stinging resignations from a whole host of members of his government, sparked by cabinet members Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak.
Ultimately BoJo's premiership couldn't take the flurry of resignations it took this morning following his decision to sack Housing Minister Michael Gove last night (July 6).
Despite Partygate, Barnard Castle, insanely expensive wallpaper, and two ethics Tsars quitting on him, the mass resignations that did for BoJo finally came after controversy surrounding Johnson promoting ally Chris Pincher to deputy chief whip.
The PM approved the appointment despite widespread allegations of inappropriate behaviour, which he then went on to claim he was unaware of, despite being told of the exact allegations numerous times, and finally claimed he had forgotten the specifics of.
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In an interview on Tuesday might, Mr Johnson admitted the decision was a "mistake" and said: "In hindsight it was the wrong thing to do."
But he refused to deny that he had joked: "Pincher by name, pincher by nature."
Sunak and Javid threw in the towel soon after.
Mr Johnson had previously survived several scandals, including Partygate and allegations of sleaze.
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Just last month he won a vote of no confidence – although 148 of his own MPs voted against him.
In his damning resignation letter on Tuesday evening, Sunak wrote: "The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously.
"I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning."
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Whilst Javid said he could "no longer continue in good conscience" as the UK needs a "strong and principled Conservative party".
Labour leader Keir Starmer accused the Tory politicians of being "cheerleaders throughout this sorry saga".
He added: "After all the sleaze, the scandals and the failure, it's clear that this government is now collapsing. Tory Cabinet ministers have known all along who this prime minister is.
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"The British public will not be fooled. The Tory party is corrupted and changing one man won't fix that.
"Only a real change of government can give Britain the fresh start it needs"
On Wednesday (July 6) there followed a mass walkout of more junior ministers, each new resignation letter another nail in BoJo's coffin.
Several high-profile cabinet members had vowed to stay in their positions before Mr Johnson's resignation, including Dominic Raab, Liz Truss, Priti Patel, Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg.
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