A new vote of confidence in British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be delivered by his lawmakers until at least next week, after the Conservative Party’s rules committee agreed to elect a new executive before considering any. allow one.
The so-called 1922 committee decided on Wednesday that it would hold an election for its executive on Monday, before deciding whether to change the rules to offer a vote of confidence to Johnson, three Conservative lawmakers said.
This new executive of the committee, which oversees any vote of confidence in a Conservative Party leader, will then decide whether to change the rules to offer such a vote, which can currently only take place next year, the authorities said. legislators.
Johnson survived a June 6 confidence vote in which 41% of his lawmakers voted against his leadership. As the rules currently stand, he cannot face another such vote for 12 months.
Conservative lawmaker Alec Shelbrooke said nominations for the new committee would open on Wednesday and end on Monday. There would then be a vote on Monday afternoon and the new executive would be announced in the evening.
“The view of the current executive is that 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’ll discuss it.”
When asked how soon a decision on rule changes could come after that, he said he didn’t know and didn’t want to speculate.
The decision contradicts some earlier reports that the rules would be changed to allow another vote of confidence in Johnson this week. A member of the current executive told Reuters earlier 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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