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Conservative rebels to continue trying to kill Boris Johnson after internal solicitation

Date: August 20, 2022 Time: 05:24:36

British Conservative rebels have vowed to continue trying to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step down as his allies acknowledge he is nearing the “beginning of the end” following Monday’s devastating domestic vote.

Johnson’s fight to unite his divided party will intensify as some of the 148 MPs (40 percent) who voted against him say they are “adamantly opposed” to his role as prime minister.

They will put pressure on him when the next “partisan” investigation is launched in a few weeks over whether the President has misled Parliament by denying that any COVID rules were violated at Downing Street.

Several rebel MPs boast that the prime minister’s support operation was “terrible” and appears to be collapsing under the weight of Monday’s uprising, meaning Johnson is now “on loan.” The division between those who support and those who oppose Johnson threatens to derail Downing Street’s efforts to end this humiliating episode.

“Victory is victory”

Although the majority of Conservative MPs supported the Prime Minister, a significant number voted for his resignation in a secret ballot held by the so-called Committee of 1922. The result was reminiscent of the internal vote held in 2018, when Theresa May won the election. supported two-thirds of his party, but was irreparably damaged.

Government sources insist Johnson’s lead is irrelevant, with one cabinet member saying “a win is a win.” They argue that, given the outcome, the rebels should “change the rules or keep their mouths shut.”

Other Johnson allies say drastic measures are needed to restore discipline, such as firing any of the public employees who were defiantly silent on Monday when colleagues tweeted their support for the prime minister. Although MPs were forbidden from taking pictures of their ballots to prove they voted for Johnson, many were asked to make public statements.

Another measure advocated by senior Tory officials is to remove from the conservative group half a dozen “staunch” rebels accused of weakening Johnson and helping to impeach him. The idea is said to have been backed by key figures in the prime minister’s “support group”, made up of his most trusted colleagues.

“Beginning of the End”

But such moves could further fuel an already toxic atmosphere in the party, which Johnson warned ahead of the vote that there was a risk of escalating into civil war.

The Conservative MP who voted against Johnson says his supporters “need some lessons in how to make friends and influence people” because “they don’t lead people by the hand and try to understand each other, they’re just downright obnoxious and threaten.”

Some have raised concerns about the upcoming Commission of Privilege investigation into whether Johnson misled Parliament. They fear it will drag on for months and be haunted by new leaks from new parties during the Downing Street pandemic lockdown.

A senior Johnson ally also admitted on Monday night that they believe his administration is “approaching the beginning of the end” because his opponents are “relentless against it” and determined to topple him in any way possible.

Future

Even though party rules give Johnson a 12-month extension so he doesn’t face another internal vote, his opponents are likely to try to cut him in half and increase pressure to force him to resign.

They hope a defeat in the next two by-elections for the House of Commons this month will help convince more colleagues that Johnson has become an electoral liability that will lead the party to defeat in the next general election.

Some are optimistic that members of the government can be persuaded to resign later to put additional pressure on the prime minister. However, potential contenders for the leadership of the party and their teams are likely to continue to go unnoticed, as there is no obvious candidate to replace Johnson.

Some of the Prime Minister’s supporters are also exploiting the threat of an early general election. They believe it has a democratic mandate that should not be revoked by MPs, and they argue that the government should once again focus on executing its “level up” program, which the executive says is intended to reduce economic inequality in the country.

With the Tories unable to lead any nationwide poll since December, campaign strategists are desperate to refocus on working to address the cost of living crisis and the backlog of the UK’s National Health Service, as well as supporting Ukraine in its expulsion efforts. invading Russian troops.

Meanwhile, members of the Labor Party are confident that the excitement around Johnson will only lead to a further fall in the popularity of the Conservatives, and are happy to “unleash chaos.”

Translation by Lara Lem



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