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Boris Johnson may step down after passing no-confidence vote

O primeiro-ministro britânico, Boris Johnson, fala durante uma reunião de gabinete em Londres, Grã-Bretanha, em 17 de maio de 2022.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a cabinet meeting in London, Great Britain, on 17 from May of 2022.| Photo: EFE/EPA/Hollie Adams

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face a vote of no confidence this Monday (6), triggered by disaffected legislators within the party itself.

The number of congressmen from the Conservative Party asking for the vote reached the minimum necessary, of 54 legislators, as reported by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, in a statement. Voting is scheduled to take place between 17 and 20h local time (between he h in Brasilia time).

Regardless of the result, the fact that so many lawmakers are demanding such a vote represents a turning point for Johnson. It is a sign of deep conservative divisions, less than three years after Johnson led the party to its biggest election victory in decades.

Johnson’s leadership has been shaken by the so-called “Partygate” scandal, with allegations of parties at government headquarters during the lockdown, between 2020 and 2021. The prime minister was also criticized for his response to high inflation.

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