He even attempts to remove the hand from his back before saying, “Hello… My distinguished friend…”
Sterling fell to a three-month low on Monday even as most COVID-19 restrictions in England were lifted, as a cautious tone in global markets meant riskier currencies lost out in favour of the safe-haven dollar.
Both Sunak and Javid sent resignation letters within minutes of each other to the prime minister, in which both slammed his ability to run an administration that adhered to standards.
The leadership election will take place over the summer and the victor will replace Johnson by the party's annual conference in early October, the BBC and others reported.
He did not apologise for the scandals that eventually ended his premiership, from revelations of boozy partying in his office during COVID-19 lockdowns and the handling of sexual abuse complaints in the party.
Below is a summary of some of those who could be in the frame to replace him. There is no clear favourite and they are not listed in order of likely prospects.
In his speech, Johnson stressed that his government’s achievements are undeniable, most notably in the files of Brexit, the coronavirus and the support for Ukraine, saying, “We faced the economic crisis caused by Russian President Vladimir Putin with courage,” he said, according to local media.
Britain’s electoral contest could not be tighter, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday, a day before the vote.
European diplomats on Thursday welcomed the clarity an apparently decisive election victory for the Conservative party gave to Britain's stalled withdrawal from the EU, but said it would be challenging to agree a trade deal the end of 2020.