After the resignation of Boris Johnson from the post of Prime Minister, the following can now happen:
What happens after the official resignation of the prime minister?
Johnson announced that he would remain as prime minister until Conservative MPs choose a new leader, possibly before the fall. But on previous occasions, prime ministers have avoided working during this transitional period. For Johnson, as for David Cameron, the prospect may be too humiliating or impractical, and he may instead decide to leave immediately. If so, there should be another interim prime minister while the process of electing his successor continues.
On the other hand, there are those in the party who insist that Johnson stay as short as possible. This Thursday, former Prime Minister John Major suggested appointing an interim deputy or speeding up the succession process as he sees Johnson’s persistence as “stupid and could be unsustainable.”
Can Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab Act as Prime Minister?
Raab, who has so far served as Attorney General and Deputy Prime Minister, was Acting Prime Minister when Johnson was hospitalized for Covid in the spring of 2020. However, the acting prime minister does not have to be one of the candidates for the throne, so if Raab decides to run, he could refuse the job.
Who else can apply for the post of interim prime minister?
Some members of the Conservative Party have called on Theresa May, who led the government from 2016 to 2019, to take over as acting prime minister. Other leading government ministers could play this role as well.
How will the new prime minister be chosen?
The Conservative MPs will make the first selection – the Tories, who are the party with the majority in Parliament, will appoint the Prime Minister – and then the party’s supporters will intervene.
To run as a candidate, an MP must have the expressed support of eight colleagues. If there are more than two suitors, Conservative MPs vote in succession until only two names remain. The election is then in the hands of the party members, who must decide between the two candidates before a deadline set by the 1922 Committee, a body of deputies who do not hold positions in the government.
How long can the process take?
In 2019, when Johnson took over from May, the entire succession process took about six weeks. If the new leader wins the confidence of the House of Commons, no new elections will be called.
Who can run as Boris Johnson’s successor?
A number of Conservative MPs and ministers are expected to apply, including Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer by Tuesday, Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary Sajid Javid, Health Minister by Tuesday, Penny Mordaunt, former Defense Secretary, and Ben Wallace, Defense Secretary. . It is now known that Attorney General Swella Braverman intends to run, and that veteran Brexit campaigner Steve Baker said his colleagues urged him to run. Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee President Tom Tugenhadt and former minister Jake Berry also said they would run.
Translated by Mariangela Paone
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