“Treading the tightrope between loyalty and integrity has become impossible in recent months,” Mr. Javid said as he reflected on the recent scandals that have plagued Mr. Johnson’s government. He added that the events of recent months had made it “increasingly difficult” to be on Mr. Johnson’s team.
“It’s not fair on ministerial colleagues to go out every morning defending lines that don’t stand up and don’t hold up,” Mr. Javid said. “It’s not fair on my parliamentary colleagues who bear the brunt of constituents’ dismay in their inboxes and on their doorsteps in recent elections.”
Mr. Javid’s statement was one of a number made by Conservatives throughout the prime minister’s appearance in front of Parliament on Wednesday. A chorus of voices called for Mr. Johnson’s resignation, including fellow Conservative Party members who questioned the prime minister’s integrity.
David Davis, a Conservative lawmaker who in January had passionately called on the prime minister to resign amid revelations about Downing Street parties that broke the government’s own pandemic lockdown rules — telling him “In the name of God, go!” — again called for Mr. Johnson to step down.