British Prime Minister Boris Johnson struggles to retain his post on Wednesday amid an uprising by lawmakers from his own Conservative Party who are infuriated by a series of parties at the Downing Street official residence during periods lockdown to contain Covid-19.
Projected to power to “deliver Brexit”, Johnson won the most expressive majority of the party in more than 30 years in 2019, but now faces calls to resign after a series of revelations about parties in Downing Street – where the official residence and the prime minister’s office – during periods of lockdown against Covid-19.
Johnson repeatedly apologized for the parties and said he wasn’t aware of many of them. He did, however, attend what he said he believed was a work event on May 20, 2020, at which guests were instructed to “bring your own drink”.
To provoke a leadership challenge, 54 of the 360 Conservative members of Parliament must write letters of distrust to the chairman of the party’s 1922 Committee.
As many as 20 lawmakers who won their seats in the last national election in 2019 plan to send letters of distrust to Johnson, the Telegraph reported. Several others said they had already written the letters.
“2019 Group of MPs (Members of Parliament) will send letters to try to get to the 54 mark to provoke a dispute,” BBC Politics editor Laura Kuenssberg said on Twitter. “They can get to 54.”
An analysis by The Times newspaper showed that 58 lawmakers had openly criticized the prime minister.
Toppling Johnson would leave the UK in limbo for months as the West grapples with the Ukrainian crisis and the world’s fifth economy grapples with an inflationary wave triggered by the Covid pandemic, with UK inflation hitting the highest level in nearly 30 years. years old.
Key rivals within the Conservative Party include Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, 41, and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, 46.
On Tuesday, Johnson rejected an accusation by his former adviser that he had lied to Parliament about a lockdown party, saying that no one had warned that the ‘by-your-own-drink’ meeting could break the rules against Covid-19. .
He avoided answering questions about whether he would resign if it was proven that he had lied to Parliament, saying only that he wanted to wait for an internal investigation to come to an end.
Johnson will address Parliament on Wednesday after his cabinet approves plans to end restrictions imposed to combat the spread of Covid-19 in England.
Opposition leaders accuse Johnson of being a serial liar and have urged him to resign.
Reference: CNN Brasil