By Tara John
June 30, 2016

Shock, anger and countless House of Cards references flooded Twitter following Boris Johnson’s unexpected announcement that he would not stand in the Conservative Party leadership race.

The dramatic announcement comes after Johnson’s fellow Brexit campaigner Michael Gove announced his bid to succeed U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron— a point that was expressed on Twitter:

Here’s the look from a London Times journalist following Johnson’s press conference:

While others hypothesized on what Cameron and his government must be thinking:

Singer Lily Allen, who supported Britain remaining in the E.U., was less than amused, saying that he could perhaps join Donald Trump’s campaign as he was now out of a job:

Author Caitlin Moran has concluded that the series of events in the U.K. must be due to “psychotropic gases”:

Comic-book writer commented on how life is imitating art:

The Spectator’s Political Editor suggested that the Vote Leave campaigner did not really want Britain to leave the E.U:

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