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Defeated Boris Johnson Jokes to Staff About His Doomed Bid to Stay in Power

  • Says was like Japanese soldier fighting on after World War II
  • Combative tone of past 48 hours was gone by cabinet meeting
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UK's Johnson Resigns as Prime Minister, Says He'll Stay on as Caretaker

Boris Johnson joked to staff he’d acted like a Japanese soldier fighting in the woods after the end of World War II by trying to cling to power last night, before realizing Thursday morning he had to go.

The UK prime minister was speaking at a 4 p.m. meeting with his team in Downing Street, hours after announcing his plan to step down, according to two people present who spoke on condition of anonymity.