Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resign with calls for Boris Johnson to quit

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak and health secretary Sajid Javid have both resigned from Boris Johnson's government in a devastating blow to the Prime Minister, whose future hangs in the balance.

The chancellor 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."

Mr Javid said on Twitter: "I have spoken to the Prime Minister to tender my resignation as Secretary of State for Health & Social Care.

"It has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role, but I regret that I can no longer continue in good conscience."

Sunak, one of Boris Johnson's most loyal aides, resigned following the Prime Minister's shortcomings over the Chris Pincher scandal.

Mr Johnson had been battling mounting Tory anger after it emerged he was told about a complaint made against Mr Pincher in 2019 – despite No10 initially saying he was unaware.

Sunak, who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer since 2020, stepped down, saying that he and the PM are "fundamentally too different" in how they approach issues.

He added: "Our country is facing immense challenges.

"I publicly believe the public are ready to hear that truth. Our people know that if something is too good to be true then it's not true. They need to know that whilst there is a path to a better future, it is not an easy one.

"In preparation for our proposed joint speech on the economy next week, it has become clear to me that our approaches are fundamentally too different."

"I am sad to be leaving government but I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we cannot continue like this."

Sunak's shock exit followed that of health secretary Sajid Javid earlier today, the first of two devastating blows for Johnson.

Upon stepping down from his post, Javid said: "We [Conservative party] may not have always been popular, but we have been competent in acting in the national interest. Sadly, in the current circumstances, the public are concluding that we are now neither.

"The vote of confidence last month showed that a large number of our colleagues agree.

"I regret to say, however, that it is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership and you have therefore lost my confidence too."

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