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Boris Johnson wins no-confidence but does not step down as prime minister |  Globalism

Boris Johnson wins no-confidence but does not step down as prime minister | Globalism

Prime Minister United kingdomBoris Johnson on Monday (06) faced a vote in Parliament that could have removed him from office.

The British Parliament voted, between 18:00 and 20:00 (14:00 to 16:00 GMT), on the so-called Motion of no-confidence. The proposal is a consultation on whether MPs have confidence that the Prime Minister has the ability to remain at the head of the government.

By 148 votes to demand his departure and 211 votes in favourJohnson remains prime minister and cannot be transferred again for the next 12 months.

The British Prime Minister has been challenged to office after a scandal involving parties in government offices that violated the lockdown rules of the Covid-19 pandemic in England. The case became known as “Partygate”. (Read more below).

Boris Johnson boos as he arrives for a service in honor of the Queen in London

How does a motion of no confidence work?

According to British government rules, the Conservative Party, like the Prime Minister, needs 15% of MPs to submit a letter with the request, albeit in private. Graham Brady, a party official, stated that 54 of the 359 MPs submitted the request, which led to the vote.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Parliament in London after a vote of no-confidence motion on June 6, 2022 – Photo: David Cliff/AP

In the event that it does not obtain a majority of votes, the party declares that it does not trust the Prime Minister and that another representative must be chosen.

Known as Partigate – a reference to the Watergate affair that toppled US President Richard Nixon in 1974 – the scandal angers Britons to the point that only 27% advocate the prime minister remaining in office, according to a YouGov poll for Sky. .

Johnson’s chief adviser, Martin Reynolds, in May 2020 sent an email to 100 Downing Street employees, inviting them to enjoy the good weather at a meeting in the garden of the official government residence.

Footage shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, without a mask, celebrating at the Government Office during the Covid-19 lockdown in London – Image: ITV News via Reuters

“Please join us at 6 p.m. and bring your own drink,” Reynolds said in his message, carried by ITV News.

At the time, visits were prohibited and the largest gathering was limited to two people outdoors, albeit at a distance of two metres.

Five days ago, the couple participated in another cheese and wine encounter in the garden of the house and accompanied by other employees, as shown in a photo recently published by the newspaper “The Guardian”.

Boris Johnson apologizes to British Parliament for holding parties during lockdown

Boris Johnson apologizes to British Parliament for holding parties during lockdown

Before Parliament, Boris Johnson lamented what had happened: “I want to apologize. I know the anger of the British people when they think the rules are not followed by those who set them.”

According to his account, he had planned to attend a business meeting late on May 20, 2020, but found that one hundred employees had been invited to a Downing Street Garden event, where each person could bring their own alcoholic beverage.

Johnson’s speech was not convincing enough, especially as it was merely an event suspected of organizing in times of Prohibition.

The British police issued a total of 126 fines for parties held in the Prime Minister’s Office. Johnson and his wife were fined in April for a cabinet meeting to celebrate the prime minister’s 56th birthday in June 2020.