British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face a vote of confidence from his party members tonight, said the chairman of the group “1922” Graham Brady, Reuters reported.
Brady said the threshold of 15 percent of Tory MPs who want a vote of confidence in the Conservative leader has been exceeded.
“Following the rules, a vote will be held between 18:00 and 20:00 today, Monday, June 6, the details will be clarified,” Brady said. This comes after the prime minister was booed over the weekend during a platinum anniversary ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
To demand a vote of confidence in Johnson, it takes at least 54 conservative lawmakers to ask Brady to initiate it. Brady heads the 1922 Committee, which unites conservative non-government MPs. How many of them sent letters to the chairman of the committee is not reported. Over the weekend, the Sunday Times reported that 67 MPs had already announced Johnson’s resignation.
Johnson, who became prime minister in 2019, failed to overcome pressure due to his prestige-depleted information about parties at his office and residence on Downing Street when Britain was under heavy lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic.
For Johnson to be removed from office, 180 Conservative MPs will have to vote in favor, which some say is difficult to achieve.
Following the release of a devastating report on the so-called Partygate scandal, which described parties when such gatherings were banned, Johnson and his government urged lawmakers not to hinder parliament’s work on such issues.
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