How long will it last? 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 his triumphant victory at the polls, the disputed 57-year-old leader is still embroiled in the “Party Gate” affair, the very drunken parties organized in Downing Street during confinement. Monday’s vote exposed the deep divisions within the Conservative Party.
Of the 359 Conservative MPs who voted, 211 voted for the prime minister, compared to 148 who refused to trust him, or 41% of the electorate: a large group of rebels likely to cripple the work of the government.
Boris Johnson was quick to praise the “compelling result” allowing “moving forward”, calling for his party to unite and saying he was “certainly not interested in an early election”. But many commentators have pointed to the prime minister’s precarious position. “A prime minister with a sense of honor will look at the numbers, accept the fact that he has lost the support of a large part of his party and consider his position, but I don’t think he will,” replied rebellious Representative Roger Gill.
Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer said he was “completely inappropriate” and criticized “a divided Conservatives preoccupied with keeping Boris Johnson in power without a plan”.
The vote dominated British newspaper headlines on Tuesday times He described Johnson as a “wounded winner” and recalled that Theresa May survived the 2018 impeachment motion by a wider margin, before stepping down a few months later. He estimated that “the prime minister clings to power after humiliating the vote.” guardianWhereas the Daily Mirror, which helped expose the Partigate affair, wrote simply: “The party’s over, Boris.” The financial times For his part, he considered that his narrow margin “seriously harmed him and revealed the extent of division and hostility within his party.”
Quiet for a year
Boris Johnson has so far refused to step down. After weeks of speculation, events came to a head on Monday morning when the vote was announced, with more than 54 lawmakers calling for their leader to step down.
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, Boris Johnson cannot be targeted for another one-year impeachment, under current rules. Plaidant sa cause devant ses troupes avant le vote, il avait fait miroiter baisses d’impôts et coupes dans l’administration, tranchant avec les interventions massive publiques de ces dernières années à la favemie de la pandé, coment de la pandé cr from life.
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.
The lack of a clear successor in the Conservative ranks also helped him, in power for 12 years, especially as the star of Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, long a darling of the party, was suddenly tarnished by his wealth and his wife’s tax arrangements.
Boris Johnson’s waning popularity has already caused severe setbacks to the Conservative Party in the local elections in early May. The majority are increasingly skeptical that Pogo, who was booed by the crowd during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, will be able 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.
Nor did the fallout from Partigate. 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.