Boris Johnson's bombshell exit from Parliament leaves UK politics reeling
Former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson left chaos in his wake Saturday after quitting Parliament with a blast at fellow lawmakers he accused of ousting him in a witch hunt.
As opponents jeered, the Conservative government absorbed the shock of yet another Johnson earthquake, while a band of loyal supporters insisted Britains divisive ex-leader could still make a comeback.
Less than a year after he was forced out as prime minister by his own Conservative Party, Johnson unexpectedly stepped down as a lawmaker late Friday at least for now, he said in a self-justifying resignation statement.
Johnson quit after being told he will be sanctioned for misleading Parliament over partygate, a series of rule-breaking gatherings in the prime ministers office during the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson was among scores of people fined by police over late-night soirees, boozy parties and wine time Fridays that broke restrictions the government had imposed on the country.
Johnson has acknowledged misleading Parliament when he assured lawmakers that no rules had been broken, but he said he didnt do so deliberately, genuinely believing the gatherings were legitimate work events.