London (UK), July 7: UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and several Conservative Party lawmakers have asked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign from his post after dozens of ministers abandoned his government.
"Home Secretary Priti Patel told Johnson that the general view of the Conservative party was that he had to go," CNN reported citing a source.
Almost 30 UK government officials, including key figures like UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, have tendered their resignations over the recent scandal involving former deputy chief whip Christopher Pincher.
Johnson declared on Wednesday that his government would not fall apart after two of his senior ministers and a slew of junior officials resigned in protest of his leadership, according to the New York Post.
"The job of a prime minister in difficult circumstances when you've been handed a colossal mandate is to keep going. And that's what I'm going to do," Johnson told lawmakers. "We are going to get on and deliver our mandate and win another general election," he further said.
"One of his key allies, Michael Gove, told the prime minister in a private meeting that the time had come for Mr Johnson to go," according to The New York Times.
Suella Braverman, Britain's attorney general, has called for Johnson to resign and said she would run for re-election if he did.
"If there is a leadership contest, I will put my name into the ring," she said.
Many Tory lawmakers believe that Boris Johnson should be replaced as soon as possible in order to limit the party's electoral damage.
The resignation of the top ministers comes amid the row involving the former Conservative party whip Chris Pincher, who was accused of sexual misconduct.
Last week, Pincher resigned as deputy chief whip after claims that he groped two men but Johnson knew about allegations against him as far back as 2019. The British PM further stated that he regrets giving Pincher a government role as Deputy Chief Whip following the revelation of a misconduct complaint against him.
"In hindsight, it was the wrong thing to do and I apologise to everyone who has been badly affected by it. I just want to make absolutely clear that there's no place in this government for anybody who is predatory or abuses their position of power," he added.