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Boris Johnson during. his resignation speech on Thursday (Photo: via Associated Press)
And, in the days leading up to his official departure, Johnson repeatedly tried to cite the “colossal mandate” he received from the general public back in the 2019 general election as a reason for staying.
Because the UK is not in a presidential system, it’s actually the Conservative MPs who vote for their own leader, and the public who vote for their MPs.
Even so, the outgoing prime minister seemed keen to distinguish between voters and the MPs who called for him to resign.
So how has the general public actually responded?
Here are the four best videos capturing the mood among Johnson’s critics when they found out he had resigned:
1. Hysterical laughter
One woman joked, “that’s sad” only for the interviewer to point out: “You don’t look too sad.”
In between peals of laughter, she replied: “Exactly.”
— Sam Wise 🏳️🌈 (@SamWiseLGBT) July 8, 2022
This person seemed disillusioned about all prime ministers in general, telling the camera: “They say all these things before they get in, and when they get in, they don’t do nout.”
“They say all these things before they get in and when they get in they don’t do nout.”
Probably the most Boro reaction to the news about Boris Johnson: pic.twitter.com/MFqRHsvLRK
— Dan Ragusa (@DNRagusa) July 7, 2022
3. Pure delight
A group of four elderly women were so happy at the news, they cheered when speaking to the BBC, nodding as they were asked if they wanted to “hit the pub again” to celebrate, before dancing away from the camera.
What a reaction to Johnson’s resignation 😂 pic.twitter.com/DYeYDqHQLA
— Best for Britain (@BestForBritain) July 8, 2022
4. And quietly pleased
One worker told the BBC: “I didn’t even know he’d resigned. I’ve just finished work, so that’s a bit of good news for the day, I suppose, isn’t it?”
It seems this video particularly resonated with the public, having been watched more than three million times with 10,000 retweets.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.