UK’s PM Johnson faces no-confidence vote on Monday evening — Analysis
Tories’ 1922 Committee is to decide on whether the party wants the embattled leader to remain in power
Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee, has announced that the threshold has been reached for a vote of confidence in the leadership of Boris Johnson and scheduled it to take place on Monday evening.
According to the British media, there will be two hours for voting. The results will then be released at a time that is yet to be decided. Brady confirmed that results will be publicly available “shortly”After the poll closes.
Johnson is facing a challenge due to a number of scandals that occurred under his leadership, including the so-called “partygate” – several instances when government officials held gatherings in violation of their own Covid-19 restrictions. Opponents to the prime minister feel he is failing the country and the party. They should be removed.
At least 15% of Tory MPs, or 54 people, have sent letters to Brady expressing their lack of confidence in Johnson’s leadership. The vote was triggered by party rules. Johnson will be able to retake power for one more year if Johnson survives.
Brady declined to tell journalists when exactly the threshold had been reached, stating that some MPs had said in their letters that he should consider the quorum effective after the end of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Number Ten welcomed the developments and stated that it would result in a confidence election “end months of speculation and allow the government to draw a line and move on.” Johnson has previously stated that he didn’t believe his involvement in ‘partygate’ warranted his resignation and said that abandoning his position now would be “irresponsible.”
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