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Johnsons’s impending resignation triggers frenzied speculation regarding successor

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during the Platinum Pageant in London on June 5, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations (Leon Neal / POOL / AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during the Platinum Pageant in London on June 5, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations (Leon Neal / POOL / AFP)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is slated to announce his resignation in the coming minutes, though it is not yet clear when it will go into effect.

Regardless, the news has triggered speculation regarding who might replace him.

A Downing Street spokesperson said Johnson “will make a statement to the country today,” and multiple reports said he would be stepping down after three tumultuous years in office.

A Tory leadership race will take place over the summer and the victor will replace Johnson by the party’s annual conference in early October, the BBC and others report.

Defense minister Ben Wallace and Rishi Sunak, whose departure as finance minister on Tuesday sparked the exodus, are among the early frontrunners, according to a YouGov survey of Conservative party members.

Those members will decide the new leader once Tory MPs have whittled down the contenders to a final two.

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