Boris Johnson has announced his resignation after less than three years as No 10.
He said he had tried to convince his cabinet that it would be “eccentric” to replace the prime minister now, but added: “I regret not being successful in those arguments.”
But how did world leaders and famous political figures react to it Resignation of Mr. Johnson?
The President of Ukraine called the Prime Minister after he made his resignation speech.
President Zelensky called Mr Johnson a “hero” and praised his “unwavering” support for Ukraine.
He also said he was “saddened” by Mr Johnson’s resignation.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called Mr. Johnson a “true friend” of the country, which is defending itself against Russian invasion.
During his speech outside Downing Street, Johnson said that Britain will continue to fight for freedom for the people of Ukraine “as long as it takes”.
Interestingly, US President Joe Biden did not mention Mr Johnson by name in his 88-word statement in response to the resignation.
“The United Kingdom and the United States are the closest of friends and allies, and the special relationship between our peoples remains strong and enduring,” President Biden wrote.
“I look forward to continuing our close collaboration with the UK government, as well as our allies and partners around the world, on a number of important priorities.
“This includes maintaining a firm and unified approach to supporting the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against Putin’s brutal war against their democracy, and holding Russia accountable for its actions.”
The lack of a personal tribute to President Biden is striking and confirms that – unlike many of their predecessors – the two leaders were far from kindred spirits.
Before entering the White House, Mr. Biden called Mr. Johnson “kind of a physical and emotional clone” of Donald Trump.
The Taoiseach wishes Mr Johnson and his family “all the best for the future” on a “personal level”.
But he added that “although Prime Minister Johnson and I have engaged actively, we have not always agreed and the relationship between our governments has been strained and difficult recently.”
He added: “We now have an opportunity to return to the true spirit of partnership and mutual respect that is needed to support the achievements of the Good Friday Agreement.”
Mary Lou McDonald
The Sinn Fein leader said Mr Johnson “will not be missed”.
In a statement after her resignation, Ms McDonald said Mr Johnson had “brought austerity” to Northern Ireland and “brought us disaster” with Brexit.
“Under his leadership, the British government has consistently undermined the Good Friday Agreement and threatened to breach international law on several occasions. He will not be missed,” she continued.
“We need to make it very clear that whoever succeeds Boris Johnson as Prime Minister must change direction and tactics.”
The former European Parliament Brexit coordinator called Johnson a “disgrace”.
“Boris Johnson’s reign ended in disgrace, just like his friend Donald Trump’s,” he wrote on social media.
“The end of the era of transatlantic populism? Let’s hope.
“EU-UK relations have been hit hard by Johnson’s Brexit choice. Things can get better!”
A former EU Brexit negotiator said Mr Johnson’s resignation “opens a new chapter in the relationship” between Europe and Britain amid the ongoing dispute over the Northern Ireland protocol.
Mr Barnier added: “Let him be more constructive, with more respect for his commitments, particularly in relation to peace and stability in North Africa, and friendlier with partners [in the EU]. Because we still have a lot to do together.”
Russian Ambassador Andrey Kelin
Russia’s ambassador to Britain said Mr Johnson’s downfall was a just reward for a “belligerent” anti-Russian policy of supporting Ukraine while ignoring the economic needs of the British people.
“He focused too much on the geopolitical situation, on Ukraine,” Kelin told Reuters.
“He left behind the country, the people, the state of the economy, and that’s what led to this outcome. Of course, we would prefer someone who is not so antagonistic or belligerent.’