British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face a no-confidence vote Monday that could oust him from power, as discontent with his rule grows amid many scandals.
If Johnson loses the vote in the 359 Conservative-strong parliament, the party will choose a new leader, who will also become prime minister. If he wins, he would not have to deal with another challenge for a year under current party rules, according to the Associated Press.
Regardless of the outcome, the fact that enough lawmakers are demanding such a vote represents a watershed moment for Boris Johnson. It is also a sign of deep Conservative divisions, less than three years after Johnson led the party to its biggest election victory in decades.
Johnson’s renown as an election-winner has previously insulated him from the fallout of a growing number of scandals. But recently he has struggled to turn the page on revelations that he and his staff repeatedly held boozy parties that flouted the COVID-19 restrictions they imposed on Britain in 2020 and 2021.
Conservative Party official Graham Brady announced Monday that he had received letters calling for a no-confidence vote from at least 54 Tory legislators, enough to trigger the process under the rules of the party.