The British government will hold a vote to seek a confidence vote on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s political affairs spokeswoman said today, after the opposition Labor party’s bid for such a process was blocked as ministers objected to its wording.
Johnson has said he will step down once the ruling Conservative party chooses a new leader, but Labor wanted a vote of no confidence in the government and Johnson to force him out earlier.
The government blocked Labour’s bid, saying Johnson should stay out of any no-confidence motion. Conservative MPs — even those critical of Johnson — have said they will vote to support the government now that the prime minister has said he will quit.
“We are putting forward a motion that gives the House (of Commons, the lower house of the British Parliament) an opportunity to decide whether it has confidence in the government,” Johnson’s spokeswoman said, adding that she believed the debate would take place on Monday.
Asked why Labour’s motion was blocked, she said a no-confidence motion against the prime minister himself was not a good use of parliamentary time and added that Labor was “playing political games”.
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