Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid have quit Boris Johnson’s government, leading a wave of resignations.
The chancellor, who quit moments after Mr Javid shortly after 6pm, said: “The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously. I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”
In his letter to the prime minister, Mr Javid said he could “no longer, in good conscience, continue serving in this government” as he referenced the tone and values of Mr Johnson reflecting “on your colleagues, your party and ultimately the country”.
He added: “It is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership – and you have therefore lost my confidence too.”