Boris Johnson is expected to step down as leader of the Conservative Party today, but will remain as prime minister until the autumn, the BBC reports, citing British officials.

“Boris Johnson will step down as Conservative leader today. He will remain prime minister until the autumn,” BBC political editor Chris Mason reported, adding that a race to the party leadership seat was on. The Conservatives will take place this summer and the winner will replace Mr Johnson in October.

A spokesman for the prime minister’s office said Mr Johnson would make a “statement to the country” later today.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves his office at 10 Downing Street, London on July 5.  Photo: AFP.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves his office at 10 Downing Street, London on July 5. Photo: AFP.

A source in the prime minister’s office said Mr Johnson had spoken to Mr. Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, which oversees the election of a Conservative leader. Mr Johnson said he would step down and a new leader would be elected by the time of the party’s conference in October.

The news comes as more than 50 ministers, deputy ministers and aides to Conservative MPs have submitted their resignations since July 5, when support for Mr Johnson dropped dramatically following a series of scandals. recent scandal.

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