British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a vote of confidence on Monday, facing challenges to his leadership by MPs from his Conservative Party. Boris Johnson won by 211 votes to 148, according to Graham Brady, chairman of the party committee that oversees the poll.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future hangs in the balance on Monday as Tory lawmakers voted to oust him after months of scandal. Two and a half years after his victorious victory in the elections, the 57-year-old leader, increasingly weakened and contested, mired in the “Partygate”, parties while imprisoned in Downing Street, was finally resumed in May by a disastrous report. Details of violation of rules made in front of covid were given.
The bracket of celebrations celebrating the 70 years of Elizabeth II’s reign was swiftly closed on Monday morning. The 1922 committee chairman of the Conservative Party, Graham Brady, announced that the required limit of 54 letters from MPs or 15% of parliamentary group members demanding Mr Johnson’s departure had been reached.
To remain in office, Boris Johnson, who has always refused to resign, had to obtain the confidence of 359 Tory deputies, or a majority of 180 votes.
No-confidence motion for one year
With this victory, he will not be the target of another no-confidence motion for a year, but the risk of his coming out of authority is significantly reduced.
Putting his side before his troops, Boris Johnson risked tax cuts and staff cuts in the administration, measures capable of wooing his majority. He promised next week to unveil a new plan to support the economy, including by reducing taxation.
“He had not promised any specific tax cuts, but he and the Chancellor (Rishi Sunak) will detail the development plan next week, and we will get the Prime Minister’s vision and an outline of the economic situation,” a source explained to the government. After the meeting of the deputies with the chief of reporters close to the file.
According to a poll published by YouGov on Monday, 60% of Britons want the Tories to remove their leader – but only 32% of the majority of voters.
Despite the accumulation of scandals and the anger of the public and his majority, Boris Johnson has maintained himself in recent months by notably highlighting his leading role in the Western response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
He has also been helped by the lack of a clear successor in the ranks of the Conservatives, who have been in power in the UK for 12 years, especially since the star of Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, longtime party darling, suddenly became tainted. Because of his estate and his wife’s tax regime in times of rising cost of living.
But his declining popularity has already dealt a heavy blow to the Tories in local elections in early May. The majority cast more and more doubts on the ability of “Bojo”, which was instigated by the crowd during celebrations of the Queen’s Jubilee, to win the 2024 legislative election.
In addition to announcing his resignation since the publication of the administrative report on “Partygate” in late May, John Penrose, the MP in charge of the fight against corruption with Boris Johnson, resigned on Monday and invited the prime minister to do so. , noting that he had violated the ministerial code.
Boris Johnson’s troubles will not end if he wins the vote on Monday evening.
In late 2018, Theresa May escaped a motion of no confidence before resigning a few months later, much weaker.
There are also plans for another investigation of “PartyGate”, this one parliamentary. If it is later concluded that Boris Johnson misled the House of Commons by claiming not to have broken the rules, he should resign.
(with AFP and Reuters)
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