Boris Johnson: Prime minister resigns outside No10 Downing Street

After 57 resignations, cabinet ructions, seemingly endless scandal, and a whirlwind news cycle verging on the surreal: it’s over.

In a word: chaotic.

Crowds, noise, arguments, and that’s just outside No10 Downing Street.

Clustered outside that most famous front door are - once again - the world’s media, or those of them who could get a reporter and a camera to SW1 within the last 48 hours.

Prime minister Boris Johnson makes his resignation speech outside Downing Street. Photo: Getty

After 57 resignations, cabinet ructions, seemingly endless scandal, and a whirlwind news cycle verging on the surreal: it’s over.

Or is it? Because with Boris Johnson, nothing is certain.

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The prime minister addressed the media - and you, the public - from a lectern outside No10.

The press pack gathered outside No10. Photo: LW

Like so many before him, he was forced to admit, finally, that his time was up.

A new Tory leader, a new prime minister, a new age for the country.

But all that’s for another day.

The prime minister addressed journalists. Photo: Getty

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For today, a list of his achievements in office.

Many will disagree, while others continue to credit him with finishing Brexit, furlough, the vaccine rollout, and supporting Ukraine.

Not a tearful speech, like Theresa May. His voice didn’t crack or tremble.

Media gathered inside Downing Street’s black gates. Photo: LW

And no whistling - no jaunty sign off like his former colleague David Cameron.

Instead a defiant performance, and an upbeat and even optimistic man.

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“Our future is golden,” he vowed with a smile.

Artist Kaya Mar says he has left space on his portrait of the Queen and all her prime ministers for Boris Johnson’s successor. Photo: LW

After the storm of the last few days, it’s not a sight you would expect to see from any other politician.

But once again seemingly Boris Johnson is like no other politician.

Speech over, applause ended, he strode back inside the building, as the work for the press pack really began.

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Suited lobby journalists strolled back to Westminster to carry on a day of drama, while photographers and cameramen continued to fight for space along the metal barrier.

Infamous protestor Steve Bray - reunited with his sound system blasted the strain of Bye Bye Boris across the streets of Westminster.

And artist Kaya Mar continued his painting outside the gates, leaving space in his canvas depicting the Queen and all her prime ministers for the next, whoever, as Mr Johnson said, “he or she may be”.