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Boris Johnson announces his resignation, now what to do?

Date: October 2, 2022 Time: 18:36:18

Boris Johnson will step down this Thursday after the resignation of several ministers. This is what can happen from now on.

What happens after the resignation of Boris Johnson?

There are two options. The first is if Johnson agrees to leave 10 Downing Street when a replacement is found, as happened with Theresa May in 2019. interim cabinet, and efforts will be focused on finding a successor. According to the BBC, Johnson intends to stay until next fall while the selection process for his successor is completed.

If he resigns immediately, an interim prime minister will need to be appointed, as constitutionally there must always be a prime minister. Dominic Raab, the current Attorney General and Deputy Prime Minister, would have been chosen by default, but if he chose to replace Johnson and felt that taking over now might give him an unfair advantage, a more neutral solution could be sought.

How does a prime minister resign?

In a chronology that is very well known, thanks to the retransmission of television images recorded from a helicopter, the Prime Minister first arrives by car at Buckingham Palace, where he presents his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II. She then, under the leadership of the ruling party, appoints a new prime minister.

This usually happens after a general election, although in recent years Tony Blair, David Cameron and Theresa May have all retired mid-term. All remained in office until a successor was elected.

Could Johnson call an election?

Following the repeal of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, which previously set the duration of the legislature, the prime minister can now call for elections at any time. In his speech to the MPs’ Liaison Committee this Wednesday, Johnson hinted that he could resort to that option if he was forced to resign.

But calling an election without the approval of the government or a majority of its deputies would be very unusual from a constitutional point of view and would meet with strong opposition. Under a constitutional convention known as the Lassell Principles, the monarch may reject a request to call an election for a variety of reasons, including if he believes Parliament is still “viable”, if the election could harm the economy, or if there are credible alternatives to appointing a deputy to post of prime minister.

It is known that Buckingham Palace consulted what to do if Johnson announces an early election.

How will the new prime minister be chosen?

The Conservative MPs will make the first choice – the Tories, who are the party with the majority in Parliament, will appoint the prime minister – and then the party affiliates will intervene.

According to the rules established in 1997, in the first stage, provided there are more than two candidates, Conservative MPs vote in succession until only two names remain.

The last two candidates are then put to the vote of the party’s affiliates, which is a longer process that includes the election campaign. In 2019, when Johnson replaced Theresa May, the entire selection process took about six weeks.

Source: www.eldiario.es

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