Brexit stalwart Boris Johnson was widely considered to be vying for prime minister of post-EU Britain, so it came as a huge shock to people when he revealed he didn’t actually want the job.
The former London mayor was one of the most prominent advocates for the U.K. leaving the European Union. In the wake of last week’s referendum, current Prime Minister David Cameron, a staunch opponent of the effort, announced his resignation. Saying that the country deserves a leader who supports the movement, Cameron left the door wide open for Johnson.
Some people expressed their shock and dismay at Johnson’s decision to leave the race for leader of the country he shepherded into unprecedented and vulnerable territory.
@BorisJohnson You spineless c$&t You lead this ludicrous campaign to leave EU. Win, and now fuc& off to let someone else clear up your mess.
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) June 30, 2016
Narcissism personified. Cameron & #BorisJohnson wrecked the UK. And now neither will take any responsibility #wreckers
— Jo Stevens MP (@JoStevensLabour) June 30, 2016
#BorisJohnson is that guy who says he wants to date a girl who has a bf but when you break them up for him he's like not interested anymore!
— Harry Charalambous (@HazSpur92) June 30, 2016
I am very surprised #BorisJohnson ran the campaign to get us out of the EU and didn't have the guts to re establish the country! Odd move.
— Mark Wright (@Mark_E_Wright) June 30, 2016
Go to restaurant, trash it, piss in plant pots, throw up, leave. #BorisJohnson still has the Bullingdon Club flair. pic.twitter.com/nK6dUxaFnW
— John Sinclair Foley (@johnsfoley) June 30, 2016
#BorisJohnson reminds me of the older kid in school who convinces you to do something daft & dangerous, and then legs it when you get caught
— Eoghan McDermott (@EoghanMcDermott) June 30, 2016
Turns out the arsonist doesn't want to put out the fire.#BorisJohnson
— Darth Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) June 30, 2016
Boris Johnson not running so he can spend more time breaking up other people's families.
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) June 30, 2016
But all’s not lost for Boris. He’s got a regular column in the Telegraph and, if all else fails, a bright future as Donald Trump’s body double.
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