UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns

United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has resigned following a rebellion in his Conservative Party.

Boris said in his address to the nation that the process of choosing a new prime minister should begin now.

“It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader of that party and therefore, a new prime minister,” said Johnson.

“The process of choosing that new leader should begin now,” he added, saying the timeline will be announced next week.

Johnson is not planning to leave office immediately, however. “I’ve today appointed a Cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place,” he said.

He also spoke of his attempts to stay on as leader and how “painful” it is for him to step down.

“In the last few days, I’ve tried to persuade my colleagues that it would be eccentric to change governments when we’re delivering so much… and when the economic scene is so difficult domestically and internationally,” Johnson said.

“I regret not to have been successful in those arguments, and of course, it’s painful, not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects myself,” he added.

Johnson, who became Prime Minister nearly three years ago, has in recent months been engulfed in a series of scandals that forced even his most stalwart supporters to abandon him.