Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson
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As discontent grows under the leadership of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he faces a no-confidence vote on Monday.
To trigger a vote of confidence, 15% of Conservative lawmakers (or 54 of the current 360 Conservative MPs) would have to write to Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee overseeing the party’s leadership challenges.
On Monday, Brady announced that he had crossed the threshold and informed the Prime Minister on Sunday night that a referendum would be held.
Voting is scheduled for Monday evening local time and 6pm to 8pm London time (1pm and 3pm ET.).
Immediately after the vote of confidence was announced, a Downing Street spokesman issued a brief statement saying that “tonight’s referendum is an opportunity to put an end to monthly speculation and allow the government to draw a line to give people’s priorities.” Sky News reported.
The statement added that the Prime Minister welcomed the opportunity to present his case to the legislature and would “remind the electorate that when they focus together on issues of importance, there is no strong political force.”
Some senior Conservative lawmakers have already thrown their support behind the prime minister. Secretary of State Liz Truss tweeted on Monday that Johnson had “100% support” in the poll.
“He supported Ukraine in the face of the Govt recovery and the Russian occupation. He apologized for the mistakes he had made. We must now focus on economic development,” he said. President Rishi Sunak also supported the Prime Minister.
If Johnson wins the referendum, he will be protected from another confidence vote for another 12 months, although there have been previous reports that the rules could be changed. On Monday, Sir Graham Brady told reporters that although it is possible to change the rules “technically”, “the current rule will be a grace period” before another referendum.
If Johnson loses the vote, he will be forced to resign and the Conservative leadership race will begin. At that point, Johnson, as an ousted leader, would not be allowed to stand.
Johnson may resign of his own free will, but despite earlier rumors of dissatisfaction among Tory MPs over Johnson’s colorful and often controversial leadership, he has shown no sign of doing so.
Nonetheless, Johnson’s public stance worries many Tory MPs, who are wary of the British public view of the Conservative Party and its leader.
On Friday, when Johnson arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral in London to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 – year – old throne, the TV shows that enthralled the crowd marked a milestone with the Platinum Jubilee celebrations over the past four days. Across the UK
Conservative colleague Robert Howard told Sky News on Monday that the footage could have an impact on Conservative MPs and cause them to submit letters to Sir Graham Brady.
Brady said Monday that some Tory lawmakers had submitted letters to him before the Platinum Jubilee celebrations began, but asked that their letters not be counted until the weekend so as not to disrupt the festivities that ended on Sunday.
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