Boris Johnson He clings to the post of prime minister despite the growing number of voices in his party demanding that he resign in the face of the Downing Street party scandal amid Covid lockdown measures. Faced with his resistance to leaving office on his own feet, conservative deputies are already trying to add enough votes to expel him through a motion of confidence.
“No”, is the categorical answer that Johnson gave this Wednesday in Parliament to the question of the Liberal Democrat deputy Wendy Charmberlain whether it was “time to resign.”
Several parliamentarians from his own party have spoken in that direction. Among them David Davis, the former British government negotiator for Brexit, who has snapped at him: “In the name of God, leave.”
Likewise, the ‘tory’ deputy Christian Wakeford He has joined the Labor opposition: “You and the Conservative Party have been unable to show the leadership and government that this country deserves,” he said in a message read by another parliamentarian, according to AFP.
The British press reported on Wednesday that some twenty young Conservative MPs met on Tuesday to discuss a possible confidence vote against Johnson.
These politicians think they have enough votes to get him out of office, in what the press is already calling the ‘pork pie plot’. The name is due to the fact that one of the conspirators, Alicia Kearns, comes from a place where a famous pork pie is made, while the English term ‘pork pie’ is used in the London dialect as a synonym for lies.
54 deputies are needed to promote the motion
To get Johnson to leave the presidency of the Conservative party and consequently also leave Downing Street, at least 54 Conservative MPs need to send an email to the call Committee 1922 asking for a confidence motion.
For now, seven deputies admitted that they had already done so. According to the press there would be about 30, but the British press wonders if they will reach 54. “I think so, but it is difficult to say,” one of the deputies told the BBC. Another told the ‘Telegraph’ that “the time has come” for the prime minister.
But the ‘Financial Times’ estimates that there is a lot of indecision and that some deputies want to wait for the conclusions of Sue Gray, an official who must deliver a report that determines whether the regulations in force were breached.
An analysis carried out by the newspaper ‘The Times’ indicates that 58 Conservative MPs have criticized openly to the prime minister, according to Reuters.
Last week, Johnson’s excuses before Parliament, where he acknowledged having been present at one of the parties in May 2020 stating that he thought it was a work meeting, did not calm things down.
According to the British press, Boris Johnson foresees a series of populist measures to try to stay afloat. For example, his government has said that it will resort to the Army to block the arrival of migrants from the English Channel and could suppress an audiovisual tax that finances the BBC, two sensitive issues for his electorate.