British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is struggling to hold on to office on Wednesday amid an uprising by lawmakers from his Conservative Party who have been angered by a string of parties at Downing Street’s official residence during lockdowns to contain Covid-19.
Expected to take power for “Brexit”, Johnson won an expressive party majority for more than 30 years in 2019, but now faces calls to resign after a series of revealing parties in Downing Street – where the official residence and residence are located. . Prime Minister’s Office – During the lockdowns over Covid-19.
Johnson has repeatedly apologized for the parties and said he was unaware of many of them. However, he attended what he said he believed to be a business event on May 20, 2020, where guests were instructed to “bring your own drink”.
To raise the leadership challenge, 54 of the 360 Conservative MPs must write letters of no confidence to the 1922 party committee chair.
The Telegraph reported that as many as 20 lawmakers who won their seats in the last national election in 2019 plan to send letters of no confidence to Johnson. Several others said they had already written the letters.
“A group of MPs (Members of Parliament) for 2019 will be sending messages to try to get to level 54 to cause a row,” BBC policy editor Laura Koensberg said on Twitter. “They can get to 54.”
An analysis by The Times showed that 58 lawmakers had publicly criticized the prime minister.
The downfall of Johnson will leave the UK in limbo for months as the West grapples with the Ukraine crisis and the world’s fifth economy grapples with an inflationary frenzy caused by the Covid pandemic, with UK inflation hitting its highest level in nearly 30 years.
The main contenders within the Conservative Party include Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, 41, and Secretary of State Liz Truss, 46.
On Tuesday, Johnson dismissed an accusation from his former adviser that he lied to Parliament about shutting down a party, saying he had warned no one that a ‘bring your own drink’ meeting could break the rules against Covid-19.
He avoided answering questions about whether he would resign if he was found to have lied to Parliament, saying only that he wanted to wait for the internal investigation to finish.
Johnson will address Parliament on Wednesday after his government approved plans to end restrictions imposed to combat the spread of Covid-19 in England.
Opposition leaders accused Johnson of being a serial liar and urged him to resign.
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