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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to announce his resignation on Thursday.

A 10 Downing Street source confirmed to Fox News that Johnson is expected to announce his resignation by the afternoon London time. 

Multiple people, including his two latest cabinet appointments, had called on him to step down amid ethics scandals and dozens of ministers and officials in his Conservative government have resigned this week. 

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech at Lydd Airport, south east England, Thursday, April 14, 2022.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech at Lydd Airport, south east England, Thursday, April 14, 2022.
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

British Treasury chief Nadhim Zahawi – one of Johnson’s closest allies – told him to resign on Thursday for the good of the country just two days after he was appointed by the prime minister. 

“Prime Minister: this is not sustainable and it will only get worse: for you, for the Conservative Party and most importantly of all the country,” Zahawi said in a letter to Johnson. “You must do the right thing and go now.”

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Media gather near 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, July 7, 2022. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to resign, his office said Thursday, ending an unprecedented political crisis over his future that has paralyzed Britain's government. 

Media gather near 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, July 7, 2022. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to resign, his office said Thursday, ending an unprecedented political crisis over his future that has paralyzed Britain’s government. 
(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Education Secretary Michelle Donelan, who was also appointed on Tuesday following the resignation of her predecessor, announced her resignation Thursday morning.

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Both were appointed to their brief positions after their predecessors resigned. 

As recently as Wednesday, the prime minister was defiant, arguing he had a mandate from voters. 

A group of Johnson’s most trusted Cabinet ministers visited him at his office in Downing Street Wednesday, telling him to stand down after losing the trust of his party. But Johnson instead opted to fight for his political career and fired one of the Cabinet officials, Michael Gove, British media reported.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2022/07/06: A protester holds a placard mocking the Conservative Party during the demonstration outside Parliament. Anti-Boris Johnson protesters gathered in Westminster as numerous ministers resigned from the Tory Government and pressure piles on Johnson to resign. (Photo by Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – 2022/07/06: A protester holds a placard mocking the Conservative Party during the demonstration outside Parliament. Anti-Boris Johnson protesters gathered in Westminster as numerous ministers resigned from the Tory Government and pressure piles on Johnson to resign. (Photo by Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(Photo by Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Five cabinet ministers had quit by Thursday and more than 50 officials have left since the latest scandal broke. Johnson is accused of lying about not knowing about groping allegations against a man whom he appointed as a senior government minister. 

Johnson’s most prominent scandal, Partygate, has undercut his trust with voters. Johnson was among those who attended parties at 10 Downing Street amid the coronavirus pandemic while regular citizens were prohibited from gathering together. 

“I just said to him, ‘Look, it’s just when you go now, and it’s how you go,” Bernard Jenkin, a senior Conservative Party lawmaker, told the BBC he said to Johnson Wednesday. “You can go with some dignity or you can be forced out like Donald Trump, clinging to power and pretending he’s won the election when he’s lost,’’

Weeks earlier Johnson narrowly survived a no-confidence vote from his own Conservative party.  

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“We are… past the point of no return. I cannot sacrifice my personal integrity to defend things as they stand now,” Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said in his resignation letter. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates. 

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