Will Boris Johnson resign? Could PM quit today following resignations of Rishi Sunak and Will Quince?

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Johnson has reportedly vowed to ‘smash on and deliver for the people’

As ministers and aides continue to resign from his Government in opposition to his leadership, Boris Johnson is finding it difficult to hold onto his position at No 10.

After the Prime Minister expressed regret for granting former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher a senior position despite being aware of a prior complaint made against him, Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid quickly announced their resignations.

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According to a string of other junior Tory figures, who also submitted resignation letters on Tuesday ( 5 Jand made public pronouncements about their actions, the Government is incompetent and unreliable.

But will Johnson himself tender his resignation?

Here is everything you need to know.

Will Boris Johnson resign?

Downing Street has been engulfed in the scandal surrounding Pincher's resignation in recent days.

After being accused of groping two men at the upscale Carlton Club, Pincher resigned last week.

The Prime Minister was questioned about his knowledge of the charges and rumours surrounding the Tory MP prior to his appointment as deputy chief whip.

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Johnson was aware of the accusations against him as early as 2019, yet went on to nominate him to further government positions.

A slew of resignations came in the fallout of the scandal.

Boris Johnson speaks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting at Downing Street on 5 July (Photo: Justin Tallis - Pool/Getty Images)Boris Johnson speaks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting at Downing Street on 5 July (Photo: Justin Tallis - Pool/Getty Images)
Boris Johnson speaks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting at Downing Street on 5 July (Photo: Justin Tallis - Pool/Getty Images) | Getty Images

On Tuesday (5 July) night, Sunak and Javid were promptly replaced by Nadhim Zahawi as the new Chancellor and Steve Barclay as the new Health Secretary.

The cabinet reshuffle has been seen by many experts to be a sign of Johnson’s wanting to keep things running as usual in Downing Street.

Despite some cabinet members, including Michael Gove and Grant Shapps, reportedly telling the Prime Minister that it is his time to go, Mr Johnson has remained defiant.

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After a tumultuous 24 hours for the Prime Minister with almost 40 members of his government quitting, Mr Johnson told his cabinet members that he would not be leaving, telling his colleagues it was a choice between a a summer of economic recovery or a summer filled with leadership contest “chaos”.

When will Johnson speak next?

Boris Johnson spoke at PMQs on Wednesday (6 July), less than 24 hours before Mr Sunak and Mr Javid resigned from his cabinet.

He vowed to “keep going” in the face of jeers and heckles from opposition benches, before swiftly exiting the chamber to shouts of “bye, bye Boris”.

Later in the evening, following crisis talks with his remaining cabinet members, Mr Johnson’s parlimentary private secretary confirmed that the Prime Minister would not be stepping down.

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What will happen if Boris Johnson doesn’t resign?

As it stands, Tory MPs hoping to oust Mr Johnson will be hoping that the 1922 Committee will be their last resort to forcibly remove the Prime Minister if he does not walk.

If the rules of the Tory 1922 Committee are altered to permit another confidence vote within a year, the decision about the Prime Minister's future may ultimately rest with backbench MPs.

The Committee, according to Tory MP for West Dorset Chris Loder, will be "considering" the fact that Johnson recently survived a vote of no confidence, but also made a suggestion that the rules should be altered to allow another vote to occur sooner.

Bob Blackman, joint-executive secretary of the 1922 Committee, said a "very high threshold" would need to be met for a confidence vote in the Prime Minister to be justified "very soon" after a previous one.

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He told Talk TV: “What we have to do is certainly have calm heads here, because one of the other suggestions being made … is that you’d reduce the timeframe to six months. Six months takes you to the beginning of December.

“In my view, you’d have to have a very high threshold indeed to warrant confidence votes very soon after a previous confidence vote.”

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