The contest on who will succeed David Cameron, who resigned after the Brexit vote, has taken on the drama of an ancient Roman political struggle:
• Yesterday an email was leaked by the wife of prominent Leave campaigner Michael Gove, revealing that Rupert Murdoch wasn’t excited about the possibility of Boris Johnson becoming the new prime minister.
• The email from Gove’s wife told Gove to hold out his support for Johnson until Johnson offered him a high-level position in the new government.
• In a shock to everyone today, Gove announced he would run to replace Cameron as prime minister, setting himself as the main challenger to Boris Johnson’s campaign to be the new prime minister. This was a unexpected to say the least considering the two campaigned heavily together for a Brexit.
• To top things off, after Gove announced his bid, Johnson surprised everyone by announcing he will not run for prime minister any longer (which is why most people assumed he backed Leave—so if Leave won, he could become PM).
The most remarkable day in British politics since yesterday.
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) June 30, 2016
Maybe Boris got a call about being Trump’s VP…
— Dan Primack (@danprimack) June 30, 2016
Thank goodness for rolling news pic.twitter.com/ctpyEq2hk5
— Hannah Jones (@uncomfy) June 30, 2016
The best reaction to the announcement that Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of the leadership race pic.twitter.com/Y5i4gGv9hq
— Andrew Bloch (@AndrewBloch) June 30, 2016
“instead i would like to throw my support behind the one leader who can truly unite us" pic.twitter.com/WEL5dM7vjB
— Tom Phillips (@flashboy) June 30, 2016
Boris Johnson has just set fire to your house and walked away.
— J (@piercepenniless) June 30, 2016
Boris Johnson finally realises what everyone else knew already – he’s not up to the job. Shame he had to trash the country to find that out
— Ben Hatch Novelist (@BenHatch) June 30, 2016
boris johnson watching british politics fall apart pic.twitter.com/Cb9frtcg8J
— hermapherbic values (@JoeLovellM) June 30, 2016
Can only feel Boris Johnson will now back Theresa May to beat Michael Gove. He who sticks the knife in last…..
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 30, 2016
Boris Johnson’s week in review. pic.twitter.com/7I8PtAQN2r
— Ben Stanley (@BDStanley) June 30, 2016
[Photo: Andrew Parsons/ i-Images]