FILE - Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to 10 Downing Street after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London, on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Former U.K. Prime Minister Johnson says he’s quitting as a lawmaker after being told he will be sanctioned for misleading Parliament. Johnson quit on Friday, June 9, 2023 after receiving the results of an investigation by lawmakers over misleading statements he made to Parliament about a slew of gatherings in government that breached pandemic lockdown rules.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

After resigning from Parliament on Saturday, the former British prime minister Boris Johnson unleashed a tirade on his fellow MPs, accusing them of expelling him in a “witch hunt.”

The Conservative administration felt the shock of yet another Johnson earthquake as opponents jeered, and a devoted band of backers claimed the controversial former leader of Britain might yet make a comeback.

Johnson abruptly resigned from the House of Commons late Friday, “at least for now,” he claimed in a self-justifying resignation statement, less than a year after being driven out as prime minister by his own Conservative Party.

After being informed that he might face consequences for lying to Parliament about “partygate,” a series of illegal events that took place in the prime minister’s office during the coronavirus outbreak, Johnson resigned. Johnson was one of several persons who received fines from the police for attending late-night parties, drunken gatherings, and “wine time Fridays” in violation of the country’s legal limits.

Johnson admitted to deceiving Parliament when he told members that no laws had been violated, but he said that he didn’t do it on purpose since he really thought the gatherings were authorised business functions.

A standards committee looking into him seems to have a different perspective. After receiving the Privileges Committee’s findings, which has not yet been made public, Johnson resigned. If the committee concluded that Johnson had lied on purpose, he risked being expelled from the House of Commons.

The committee, according to Johnson, 58, is “a kangaroo court” that is attempting to “drive me out of Parliament.”

FILE - Britain'sPrime Minister Boris Johnson reacts while leading a virtual news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, inside 10 Downing Street in central London on Jan. 26, 2021. Former U.K. Prime Minister Johnson says he’s quitting as a lawmaker after being told he will be sanctioned for misleading Parliament. Johnson quit on Friday, June 9, 2023 after receiving the results of an investigation by lawmakers over misleading statements he made to Parliament about a slew of gatherings in government that breached pandemic lockdown rules. (Justin Tallis/Pool via AP, File)
Johnson said that the prosecution’s goal had been to convict him regardless of the evidence from the start.

The committee, which is predominately made up of Conservatives, claimed Johnson’s criticism “impugned the integrity” of the House of Commons. To “conclude the inquiry and to publish its report promptly,” it was said that it will convene on Monday.

Johnson is a charming and unpredictable character who has seen a string of scandals and comebacks throughout his career. Before Britain’s divorce from the European Union drove him to the top, the rumpled, Latin-speaking populist with a mop of blond hair had held significant posts but had also spent time on the political outside looking in.

Johnson, a proponent of Brexit, guided the Conservatives to a resounding victory in 2019 and helped lead the country out of the EU the following year. But he became embroiled in ethical and moral controversies, and his own party threw him out of office as prime minister in the middle of 2022.

By leaving the legislature, he avoids a suspension that may have allowed his constituents to force him out of the Commons, freeing him up to run forFuture sessions of Parliament. His letter of resignation gave the impression that he was considering it. It was harshly critical of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who was Johnson’s Treasury Minister until resigning with many of his cabinet members in July 2022, forcing Johnson to step down.

During the chaotic last months of Johnson’s administration, the conservative party’s poll numbers fell and have not yet recovered. Polls frequently show that the opposition Labour Party is 20 points or more in the lead. By the end of 2024, a national election must be conducted.

Johnson said in a statement that sounded like a leadership pitch: “Just a few years after winning the biggest majority in almost half a century, that majority is now clearly at risk.” “Our party must quickly regain its sense of momentum and its faith in what this nation is capable of.”

Johnson’s supporters expressed optimism that the former leader had more to give. Johnson “has made it very clear that he doesn’t regard this as the end of the story,” according to conservative legislator John Redwood.

his political participation in Britain.”

FILE - Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks outside Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 before heading to Balmoral in Scotland, where he will announce his resignation to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Former U.K. Prime Minister Johnson says he’s quitting as a lawmaker after being told he will be sanctioned for misleading Parliament. Johnson quit on Friday, June 9, 2023 after receiving the results of an investigation by lawmakers over misleading statements he made to Parliament about a slew of gatherings in government that breached pandemic lockdown rules. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

However, a lot of people doubted if a politician who had appeared to defy political gravity could make yet another return.

When Johnson served as the mayor of London and the foreign secretary of the United Kingdom, Will Walden stated Johnson resigned because he had “seen the writing on the wall.”

According to Walden, “I think the most important thing that people need to understand this morning is that there is only one thing driving Boris, and that is that he likes to win, or at least not to lose,” he told the BBC. “This report obviously posed a threat to alter everything.”

Johnson frequently took inspiration from Winston Churchill, his political idol who led Britain to triumph, according to Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London.only to be overthrown from government in 1945 during World War II, only to return to it some years later.

Bale remarked, “I suppose he thinks he can spend some time in the wilderness before the Conservative Party and the nation once again call upon him in their hour of need.

“I honestly believe that is improbable. I believe that partygate has made him toxic in the eyes of many voters. The way he has been acting over the past few days, and some may even say over the past two or three years, has made me believe that the majority of his coworkers would prefer it if he vanished in a cloud of smoke.

 

 

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