The petition, submitted on July 8, 2022, called for “an urgent investigation into the whole process of forcing PM into resignation, with a view to a decision reversal.” It added: “Bring back Boris Johnson as the UK Prime Minister. He was unfairly forced out of his role and he needs to complete his mandate for the good of the UK and Brexit.
“Urgent reversal of PM removal and to ensure he stays in his role until replacement PM elected if retention of Boris Johnson not achieved.”
However, the UK Government rejected the petition on the grounds that it is “about honours or appointments.”
In its explanation, it continued: “We can’t accept petitions about appointments. This includes calling for a specific Minister to be given a, or removed from their, job.
“You could have a petition calling for a Prime Minister only to be removed from office subject to a public vote, if that is something you’d like to see happen. We only reject petitions that don’t meet the petition standards.”
Earlier this week, Mr Johnson’s Government survived a confidence vote by 349 votes to 238, despite the Prime Minister announcing his resignation earlier this month.
Boris Johnson resigned earlier this month following a wave of resignations from his Government and a revolt from his own cabinet, leaving him unable to govern.
The chaos began after Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced their resignations.
Mr Johnson will stay in his post until Autumn when the new leader is decided.
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have been selected as the final two candidates for the leadership ballot.