New Chancellor Zahawi tells Johnson to leave as Donelan resigns after 48 hours on the job | Boris Johnson

Nadhim Zahawi has called on Boris Johnson to step down just over a day after he was appointed chancellor of his government as more and more ministers quit.

In a public letter, Zahawi said he was “heartbroken” that Johnson wouldn’t listen to his advice as a friend of over 30 years.

“Prime Minister: This is not sustainable and it will only get worse: for you, for the Conservative Party and above all for the whole country. You have to do the right thing and leave now,” he said. said, but did not want to resign.

Michelle Donelan, the education secretary appointed this week, also resigned, saying the cabinet needed to force Johnson’s hand. She took over from Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary, who also resigned on Thursday morning.

Nadhim Zahawi’s letter to Boris Johnson. Photograph: Nadhim Zahawi/PA

Lewis said: Decent and responsible government is built on honesty, integrity and mutual respect – it is a deep personal regret that I have to leave government as I no longer believe these values ​​are upheld.

The latest developments make it increasingly likely that Johnson will not be able to last the day as prime minister, despite No 10’s insistence on Wednesday night that he wanted to “fight on”.

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