When is a resignation speech not a resignation? When it’s given by Boris Johnson. All the media yesterday were going on about his resignation but, he did not use the word resignation in his statement. Nor did he use the phrase “standing aside”.
What he actually said as: “It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader of that party and therefore a new prime minister.” That is neither of the above. He goes on to say: “And I’ve today appointed a Cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place.” He hasn’t resigned and he hasn’t left office. He is going to carry on.