The prime minister was rather reluctant to quit though, and resisted the calls to step down up till more than 50 MPs had resigned from his government.
His change of coronary heart reportedly got here within the early hours of Thursday morning, when he spoke to Sir Graham Brady of the 1922 committee about his premiership.
His resignation additionally means the UK will quickly have its fourth prime minister in six years. Johnson’s tenure has been the shortest out of all of them.
So simply how does Johnson’s time on the well-known prime ministerial lectern evaluate to his most up-to-date predecessors in No.10?
1. Boris Johnson
Time in workplace: Two years, 348 days.
Notable second: The absence of any apology for the previous few weeks of chaos, and even the phrase “resign”.
The outgoing prime minister merely mentioned that “the method of selecting a brand new chief ought to start now” as a result of that’s the will of the Parliamentary Conservative get together.
He mentioned he intends to serve “till a brand new chief is in place”.
He once more referenced the “mandate” voters gave to the Tories in the 2019 election (which was his essential argument for staying on in No.10 yesterday).
Johnson additionally mentioned that he tried to persuade colleagues “it will be eccentric to vary governments” and that the Tories are solely “a handful of factors behind within the polls”, however admitted these makes an attempt have been unsuccessful.
He then blamed “herd intuition” for the sudden wave of Tories who misplaced religion in him, and claimed that it was clear “nobody is remotely indispensable” in politics.
He mentioned: “I need you to know the way unhappy I’m to be giving up one of the best job on the earth. However them’s the breaks.”
Johnson tried to convey his speech to an in depth with some optimism, saying; “Even when issues can typically appear darkish now, our future collectively is golden.”
He then turned away from the cameras, waved to his gathered supporters in Downing Avenue, together with his spouse Carrie Johnson and tradition secretary Nadine Dorries, earlier than strolling sombrely again into No.10.
2. Theresa Could
Time in workplace: Three years, 12 days.
Notable second: Welling up whereas on the lectern.
Very like Johnson, May resigned regardless of profitable a confidence vote shortly beforehand. What drove Could to give up although, was a devastating loss within the European Parliament election.
Like Johnson, she admitted in her speech that she had been unable to persuade MPs to again her – solely on this occasion, she was speaking about her Brexit deal.
In contrast to the present outgoing prime minister, she did use the phrase “resign” and admitted it was not proper for her to remain on, as she couldn’t ship her model of Brexit.
She continued: “It’s now clear to me that it’s in one of the best pursuits of the nation for a brand new prime minster to steer that effort.”
Whereas Johnson blamed “herd intuition” for his departure and advised everybody was replaceable, Could talked about giving “individuals a selection” and mentioned the significance of compromise.
Acknowledging her place in historical past because the UK’s second feminine prime minister, she did start to tear up.
She and Johnson did finish on an identical observe, although.
She mentioned: “Our politics could also be below pressure however there may be a lot that’s good about this nation. A lot to be happy with. A lot to be optimistic about.”
3. David Cameron
Time in workplace: Six years, 64 days.
Notable second: Whistling when his microphone was nonetheless on (though that was when he introduced his departure date).
Cameron resigned when the EU referendum results have been launched again in 2016. Having campaigned for Remain, he mentioned he felt it was not acceptable to proceed.
Very like Could – not Johnson – he mentioned: “This isn’t a call I’ve taken frivolously however I do imagine it’s within the nationwide curiosity to have a interval of stability after which the brand new management required.”
He additionally outlined his plan to have a substitute in his place by October’s get together convention, and concluded: “Now the choice has been made to go away, we have to discover one of the best ways and I’ll do all the pieces I can to assist.
I really like this nation and I really feel honoured to have served it and I’ll do all the pieces I can in future to assist this nice nation succeed.”
Nevertheless, just some days later when he confirmed when his closing dates in Downing Avenue could be, he was caught on the microphone buzzing fortunately.
Time in workplace: Two years, 319 days.
Notable second: Strolling away along with his household, smiling.
Brown resigned along with his spouse by his aspect again in Could 2010, and acknowledged that, with out a majority within the Home of Commons, he couldn’t lead the federal government. It got here after the overall election he known as that April resulted in a hung parliament, as Labour misplaced a staggering 91 seats.
He appeared in excessive spirits in his speech, telling the press: “I want the subsequent prime minister effectively as he makes the essential decisions for the long run. Solely those who have held the workplace of prime minister can perceive the total weight of its obligations and its nice capability for good.”
Brown additionally outlined how he didn’t “in any respect” love the status, titles or ceremony that got here with the job, however he liked it for “its potential to make this nation I really like fairer”.
He had an emotional conclusion too: “I depart the second most essential job I may ever maintain, I cherish much more the primary – as a husband and father.”
Brown’s legacy lay in attempting to regular the UK following the 2008 monetary crash and subsequent recession.
Time in workplace: 10 years, 56 days.
Notable second: Apologising “for the instances I’ve fallen brief” – however not particularly over the Iraq Warfare.
Blair took a unique tact to the more moderen prime ministers. H introduced his resignation throughout a speech in his constituency, Sedgefield, at Trimdon Labour Membership, which can be the place he launched his management marketing campaign again in 1994.
Acknowledging he had spent a decade in No.10, Blair mentioned: “I believe that’s lengthy sufficient for me and extra particularly for the nation”.
He additionally claimed that expectations when he was elected in 1997 have been “too excessive, in all probability”.
Seemingly excusing the controversy which marred the top of his premiership, he mentioned: “Hand on coronary heart, I did what I assumed was proper. I could have been mistaken – that’s your name.”
Like his successors, he tried to finish on a excessive observe and mentioned that the nation ought to “be excited by the alternatives, not continuously fretful of the hazards”.
“That is the best nation on earth. So it has been an honour to serve it,” Blair mentioned.
“I give my due to you, the British individuals, for the instances that I’ve succeeded and my apologies to you for the time I’ve fallen brief. However good luck.”
Nevertheless, he didn’t apologise particularly for the Iraq Warfare, the political transfer which triggered his decline, though he did acknowledge it was a “bitterly controversial” act to maneuver troops there.