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Live news updates: More than 40 members of UK government quit, heaping pressure on Boris Johnson


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Boris Johnson’s turbulent three-year premiership was nearing its end on Wednesday night after he was urged to quit by a delegation of his closest cabinet allies on a night of chaos in Downing Street.

As his premiership hung by a thread, Johnson retaliated by sacking Michael Gove, one of the ministers who told the prime minister to go, according to allies of the levelling up secretary.

The UK prime minister was warned that unless he stepped down there would be further cabinet resignations, followed by an inevitable humiliating defeat by Tory MPs in a no-confidence vote next week.

Gove had been the first minister to tell Johnson to step down. One individual with knowledge of the conversation said: “Michael essentially told him that it’s time to go — it’s over.”

But Johnson told ministers he would fight on, effectively daring them to resign, and warned that if he quit there would be a chaotic Tory leadership contest in the midst of an economic crisis.

Read more on Gove’s sacking here

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