A new confidence vote in British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won’t be passed by lawmakers until at least next week, after the Conservative Party’s rules-making committee agreed to elect a new executive before considering adding one. stand.
The so-called 1922 committee decided Wednesday it would hold an election for its executive on Monday, before deciding whether to change the rules to put forward a confidence vote in Johnson, three conservative lawmakers said.
That new committee director, who oversees any confidence votes in a Conservative Party leader, will then decide whether the rules need to be changed to bring forward such a vote, which is currently only able to take place next year, it said. the legislators.
Johnson survived a confidence vote on June 6 in which 41% of his lawmakers voted against his leadership. As the rules now stand, he cannot undergo such a vote again for 12 months.
Conservative lawmaker Alec Shelbrooke said nominations for the new committee would open Wednesday and close Monday. The vote would then be held on Monday afternoon and the new management would be announced that evening.
“The current executive believes it would be unfair to change the rules until they elect a new executive,” Shelbrooke told reporters.
“So they’re speeding up the election for Monday night. And then they start talking about it.’
When asked how soon after a rule change decision could be made, he said he didn’t know and didn’t want to speculate.
The decision contradicts some previous reports that the rules would be changed to allow for a new confidence vote in Johnson this week. A member of the current executive previously told Reuters that a rule change would look bad unless the committee had a new mandate.
However, Johnson could still be forced to resign before next week if more members of his cabinet quit.
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