Kim Darroch quits as UK ambassador to US ‘after Johnson remarks’

Envoy saw his position as untenable after Boris Johnson did not back him, Guardian understands

Sir Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to Washington who has been at the centre of a diplomatic row over leaked cables criticising Donald Trump, has resigned, the Foreign Office has said.

The Guardian understands that he concluded that his position was untenable after watching Tuesday’s Conservative leadership debate, in which the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, stopped short of backing him.

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