Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to resign as Conservative Party leader, his office said Thursday, July 7, according to the Associated Press and British media. An official in Johnson's Downing Street office confirmed the prime minister would announce his resignation later. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.
Mr. Johnson had rebuffed calls by his Cabinet to step down in the wake of ethics scandals. He gave in after more than 50 ministers quit his government and told him to go.
It was not immediately clear whether Johnson would stay in office while the Conservative Party chooses a new leader, who will replace him as prime minister. British media says he plans to do so. Mr. Johnson is expected to make a statement on Thursday, before lunch.