- Boris Johnson plans to resign in six months, according to the father-of-law of his chief adviser.
- Dominic Cummings' father-in-law Sir Humphry Wakefield reportedly said that the prime minister would quit early next year due to lingering health problems caused by the coronavirus.
- Johnson was admitted to an intensive care unit with COVID-19 in April but returned to work just weeks later.
- Wakefield compared Johnson's condition to an injured horse who returns to work too soon.
- "If you put a horse back to work when it's injured it will never recover," he is quoted as saying.
- A Downing Street source described the claim he plans to stand down as "utter nonsense."
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UK prime minister Boris Johnson plans to stand down in 6 months time because of lingering health problems caused by the coronavirus, the father-in-law of his closest aide Dominic Cummings, has reportedly said.
The Times of London diary reported a conversation between Sir Humphry Wakefield, father of Cummings' wife Mary, and Anna Silverman last week, in which he is alleged to have revealed that Johnson would resign early next year due to the lasting effects of his time in intensive care.
Silverman says she had the conversation with Wakefield when she bumped into him on a trip to Chillingham Castle in Northumberland, northeast England.
Wakefield reportedly compared Johnson's condition to that of an injured horse who is brought back too early.
"If you put a horse back to work when it's injured it will never recover," the Times quotes him as saying.
However, a Downing Street source strongly denied the claim that Johnson was planning to resign in six months' time, describing it to Business Insider as "utter nonsense."
Prime Minister Johnson spent five days in intensive care at London's St Thomas' Hospital in April after catching the coronavirus. He has since revealed that doctors made "arrangements" for his death and that he was given "litres and litres of oxygen" at the height of his illness in order to keep him alive.
"It was a tough old moment, I won't deny it. They had a strategy to deal with a 'death of Stalin'-type scenario," Johnson said in an interview with The Sun newspaper in May.
"I was not in particularly brilliant shape and I was aware there were contingency plans in place."
He said: "The doctors had all sorts of arrangements for what to do if things went badly wrong.
"They gave me a face mask so I got litres and litres of oxygen and for a long time I had that and the little nose jobbie."
There have been multiple reports in the months following his hospitalisation, that his health remains poor.
However, Downing Street has been keen to dispel any suggestions of lingering health problems, with the prime minister posing for photographs whilst doing press-ups, and photos of Johnson jogging being distributed to UK news outlets.
Johnson has been UK prime minister for just over a year after succeeding Theresa May as Conservative party leader in July last year.
He will have to stay on as prime minister for nearly another four years in order to fight the next general election, which is due to take place in May, 2024.
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