A Downing Street spokesman said Monday that Johnson “welcomes the opportunity to present his case to MPs.”
“Tonight is an opportunity to put an end to many months of speculation, give the people their priorities and move the government to a stronghold,” Johnson was quoted as saying by a spokesman. [the MPs] When they come together and focus on issues that are important to the electorate, there can be no stronger political force. “
Johnson will personally address the 1922 Committee before the referendum, Downing Street added.
Although the referendum was secret, many Conservative MPs have publicly spoken out against the prime minister.
“Because we believe in power, the Conservative MPs know in our hearts, we did not give the British people the leadership they deserved,” Hunt wrote on Twitter. “We have not provided the integrity, talent and vision needed to unleash the immense potential of our country.”
Another Conservative MP, Jesse Norman, told Johnson that his tenure was “not only insulting to the electorate … but also likely to bring about a decisive change in government in the next election.”
Norman, who represents the Hearford and South Hearfordshire constituencies, released his letter of no-confidence just minutes before the referendum was announced on Monday.
Although he described the prime minister’s response to Suu Kyi’s statement as “hostile”, most of his letter focused on Johnson’s other policies, including some of the government’s new policy of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda, which Norman called “an ugly reaction.” And questionable legitimacy. ”
Conservative MP John Benrose resigned as the UK government’s anti-corruption jar on Monday, citing Sue Gray’s report highlighting the “failures of leadership and judgment” on Downing Street, claiming that Johnson’s government minister had violated the law.
Johnson’s endorsement ratings are falling, and there is a growing sense in some sections of his ruling Conservative Party that he is becoming a liability. The party faces two difficult parliamentary by-elections at the end of June after two backbenchers were forced to resign amid their own corruption.
Khair Stormer, leader of the opposition Labor Party, has called on Conservative MPs to remove Johnson. Speaking to LBC Radio, he said, “I think they should show some leadership and vote against the Prime Minister. He has lost the confidence of the country. I think this is very clear from all the evidence I have seen.”
Johnson’s supporters have been rushing to his defense in recent weeks, arguing that this is not the right time to provoke a leadership rivalry, given the many crises the country faces, including the war in Ukraine.
Many of Johnson’s top ministers have already announced their support for him. UK Secretary of State Liz Truss said he was firmly behind Johnson. “I have 100% support for the Prime Minister in today’s vote and I strongly urge my colleagues to support him,” Truss tweeted.
President Rishi Sunak further tweeted that he supports Johnson in the vote, adding, “We will continue to support Johnson as we focus on growing the economy, managing the cost of living and repairing the Govt recession.”
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Robb said the Conservative Party should support the Prime Minister, adding that “together we must focus on delivering the priorities of the people.”
If Johnson loses Monday’s vote, he will remain prime minister until a new Conservative candidate is elected to lead the party; At that point, Johnson will announce his intention to resign as prime minister and suggest that the winner of the presidential race be invited to form a government.
Truss, Sunak and Rob are considered potential contenders for the presidency, although their closeness to the PM may be a liability.
Commenting on the upcoming referendum, analysts said the outcome would be difficult to predict.
“The case against Johnson is clear. Following rising corruption and a bad economy, Johnson’s Conservatives fell badly on the ballot. .
Under Johnson’s leadership, the Conservative Party won the largest Conservative majority in the 2019 election since 1987.
Mujtaba Rahman, Eurasia Group’s Managing Director for Europe, wrote in a note to clients: “If there are significant votes against him – 100 MPs or more – Johnson could be irreversibly damaged. He and the public know that his significant MPs did not support him.”
If Johnson wins the vote comfortably, he could emerge strong within his party. Under current party rules – which can be changed at any time – he will be relieved of another leadership challenge for 12 months.
Monday’s referendum was “the beginning of the end,” Stormer said.
“Even if the Conservative prime minister survives, if you look at previous examples of no-confidence motions he may have escaped tonight, and the damage is already done.”
Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, was the last British leader to face a no – confidence vote from her own party. May narrowly escaped that referendum called amid months of turmoil over the ruined Brexit deal, but eventually resigned a few months later.
“If he wins, Johnson will face two more by-elections and face a Commons Privilege Commission inquiry into whether he misled Parliament on the partygate issue, which means his government will be distracted and unstable,” Rahman said.
Under Conservative Party rules, if MPs want to remove their leader, they submit a no-confidence letter to the 1922 committee chairman, a group of backbenchers who do not hold government positions. The process is dark – the letters are kept secret, the chair currently in Brady, not even revealing how many were handed over.
After 15% of Conservative lawmakers submit letters, a vote of confidence is induced among all conservative lawmakers. The current organization of the House of Commons has at least 54 MPs submitted letters of no confidence.
Corruption on the parties was not the first to tarnish Johnson’s reputation. He has been embroiled in allegations of accepting improper donations to finance the renovation of his Downing Street apartment, while his government has been accused of awarding lucrative Govt-19 deals to those affiliated with the Conservative Party. Johnson’s spokesman stressed that he “acted in accordance with the rules at all times.”
CNN’s Sharon Brightwhite and Benjamin Brown contributed to the reporting.