Boris Johnson’s political future was shown on Monday in Westminster. The British Prime Minister submitted a vote of no confidence in his majority.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a no-confidence vote on Monday night sparked by his Conservative Party’s rebellion after the “Party Gateway” scandal.
Two and a half years after winning the election, the increasingly challenged 57-year-old has once again shown his ability to get out of the most dangerous situations. But he is still mired in the Party Gate issue, the very drunken parties that organized in Downing Street during the arrests, and Monday’s vote revealed the deep divisions within the Conservative Party. It should leave traces.
Of the 359 Conservative MPs who voted, 211 voted for the former London mayor, versus 148 who wanted him to be ousted, a large rebel group likely to cripple the government.
He praised the “convincing result” that allows “to move forward”.
refused to resign
At the end of 2018, Theresa May had weathered a proposal of no confidence by a wider margin than her successor, before resigning a few months later, too weak to take over. Boris Johnson has so far refused to step down.
After weeks of speculation, events raged on Monday morning, barely closing the ceremonial arches for celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Elizabeth II’s reign. The Chairman of the 1922 Conservative Party Committee, Graham Brady, announced that the fateful threshold of 54 letters from Members of Parliament, or 15% of the Parliamentary group, calling for Boris Johnson to go, had been reached, leading to the vote.
In the event of defeat, internal elections could have been held to appoint a new party leader, who was to become head of government, in the delicate context of the war in Ukraine and inflation at its highest level in 40 years.
Victorious, he cannot be targeted with a vote of no confidence again for a year, according to current rules.
Plaidant sa cause devant ses troupes avant le vote, Boris Johnson les avait exhortés à mettre fin à une saga n’intéressant selon lui que les médias pour “parler exclusive de ce que nous faisons pour les gens, s de ceable du relon pays” conservative party.
Addressing their Thatcher series, he had commented on the administration’s tax cuts and cuts, in contrast to massive public interventions in recent years in favor of the pandemic, or more recently the cost of life crisis.
“It’s time to recognize that sometimes the government can’t do everything,” he said.
These explanations, and the efforts of his most loyal ministers throughout the day, are far from convincing everyone.
After ex-minister Jeremy Hunt, seen as a potential successor, Scotland’s Conservative Party leader Douglas Ross announced he would vote against Johnson, citing public “anger” at the breach of Covid rules.
Boos During Jubilee
Despite accumulating scandals and the anger of the public and the majority, Boris Johnson has saved himself in recent months by particularly highlighting his leading role in the Western response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
It has also been helped by the lack of a clear successor in the ranks of the Conservatives, who have been in power for 12 years in the UK, especially as the star of Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, who has long been a darling of the party, is suddenly tarnished by his wealth and his wife’s tax arrangements, in times of rising Cost of living.
Mr Johnson’s unpopularity has already caused severe setbacks for the Conservative Party in the local elections in early May. The majority doubted more and more about the ability of ‘Pogo’, who was booed by the crowd during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, to win the 2024 legislative election.
Long an asset, his quirky and volatile personality has often come to annoy many Britons.
According to an opinion poll published by YouGov on Monday, 60% of Britons wanted the Conservative Party to oust their leader – but only 32% of majority voters.
And the fallout from Partigate is far from over. After the police and senior civil servant Sue Gray, another investigation was planned, this is Parliamentary. If the latter concludes, a priori in the fall, that Boris Johnson cheated the House of Commons by claiming he did not break the rules, he should resign.