Allies of Boris Johnson have warned of a new election if a vote of no confidence in the British Prime Minister is successful.
LONDON – Boris Johnson’s allies have warned of a snap election if a vote of no confidence in the British PM is successful. The message from Culture Minister Nadine Dorries on Thursday is likely to be aimed primarily at dissenters from within her own ranks: If the eagerly awaited internal investigation by top official Sue Gray confirms the suspicion of lockdown violations at celebrations at 10 Downing Street, the seat of government, a revolt in Johnson’s Tory faction.
Johnson wants to justify himself in Parliament immediately after the report is published. But it was initially unclear whether it would come this week. According to reports, the document is ready, but behind the scenes there is allegedly a struggle over whether and how much of it should be censored.
After cabinet member Jacob Rees-Mogg, Minister of Culture Dorries also warned against a new election if Johnson were to be replaced as party leader – and thus as prime minister – by a vote of no confidence. Comparisons with Tony Blair, who left office in 2007 and was replaced by his party colleague Gordon Brown without a new election, are no longer appropriate in the age of social media, Dorries tweeted.
Johnson’s authority has since been severely damaged by what the media has dubbed the Partygate affair. For weeks, new details have surfaced about alleged Downing Street celebrations while the rest of the country was in lockdown and, in many cases, people were not even allowed to rush to the deathbed of their family members to say goodbye. More than 60 percent of Brits now think Johnson should resign, according to a poll by polling firm Yougov this week. Only a quarter of those surveyed want to see him remain in office. (dpa)