Boris Johnson will be subject to a vote of no confidence on his part on Monday evening, June 6. If rejected, the prime minister, at the heart of the partygate scandal for parties organized on Downing Street 10 during a period of health restrictions, will lose his post.
“15% of MEPs requesting a vote of confidence from a Conservative leader have been exceeded”announced in a press release Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee responsible for internal organizational affairs.
The vote will take place between 18:00 and 20:00 local time (19:00 and 21:00 Paris time), barely 24 hours after the end of the 70th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. “The votes will be counted as soon as possible. The notification will be made at a later time.added Graham Brady.
Boris Johnson’s spokesman said in a statement:
“This vote provides an opportunity to end months of speculation and allow the government to draw the line and move in response to people’s priorities. The Prime Minister welcomes the opportunity to present his case to Members and reminds them that there is no more formidable political force than when they are united and focus on issues that are important to voters. »
For months, criticism of Boris Johnson increased in his camp under the influence of Sue Gray’s report on the “partygate.” With this news, this high official immersed herself in parties organized in Downing Street during detention, synonymous with heavy casualties for the British. It describes in detail a series of very alcoholic pots with quarrels, music, leaving the back door in the early morning hours and disrespecting security or maintenance workers. Boris Johnson, who is himself subject to a fine – unheard of for the incumbent prime minister – said he would take over “full responsibility for everything that happened”but he felt he had to “Continue” his work.
The scandal shook Boris Johnson’s long-suppressed popularity, leading to severe setbacks for conservatives in early May. He sustained himself by emphasizing in particular his leading role in the Western response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
No obvious successor
If he is defeated by a motion of censure, the party will hold internal elections to appoint a new leader. If he survives there, he can’t be pushed out for a year. It would not be out of order, because a parliamentary inquiry must now determine whether he lied to parliament by the autumn, which could lead him to resign.
Brexit champion Boris Johnson, long considered the election winner, looks increasingly like a partygate trick, but also in the context of a historic decline in British purchasing power.
A recent YouGov poll suggests that in the current parliamentary elections, the 12-year-old Conservatives would lose almost all constituencies in popular Labor-seized regions in 2019, even Boris Johnson’s constituencies in suburban London. On the other hand, no obvious successor stands out, which would encourage some elected officials to shorten the time before the internal elections.