What happens next if Boris Johnson loses no confidence vote?

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In a statement, the chairman of the 1922 committee confirmed that the 15% threshold of Tory MPs had been reached and the vote triggered.

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The Prime Minister has been faced with growing discontent after Sue Gray’s report found the government had broken rules during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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There was speculation a vote of no confidence would be sparked, with Conservative MP Paul Scully saying on the Andrew Neil show on Channel 4: “We may have a vote of no confidence. If it happens, I know the Prime Minister will deal with it.”

Here’s everything you need to know about what could happen if Boris Johnson loses his no-confidence vote.

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What is a vote of no confidence?

A vote of no confidence is sparked when 15% of Tory MPs write letters to the 1922 Committee leader saying they no longer support the party leader.

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Brady, the current Chair, announced that he had received the relevant letters today (6 June).

For the Prime Minister to be removed from his post, a majority must vote in favour.

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For the vote of no confidence, 180 Tory MPs would have to vote against Boris Johnson’s leadership.

If he survives the no-confidence vote, his position is secure and another vote cannot be called for a year.

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When does a vote of confidence not take place?

The vote of no confidence will take place tonight (June 6) in secret between 6pm and 8pm.

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The ballot papers are counted immediately, the results are to be announced “shortly” afterwards.

In a statement, Brady considered discussing the vote with the Prime Minister.

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He said: “We agreed on the timeline for the confidence vote and he shared my view – which is also in line with the current rules – that this vote should take place as soon as possible and that would be today.”

What happens if Boris Johnson doesn’t lose a vote of confidence?

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If Johnson loses the no-confidence vote, he must either resign or call new elections.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Victoria Jones – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Either way, it would spark a Tory leadership contest to replace him.

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On Monday morning (6 June) the Prime Minister wrote a letter to all Tory MPs telling them this was the “golden chance” to put the Partygate scandal behind.

Johnson said: “Some of that criticism may have been fair, some less. Where there were valid points, I listened and learned and made significant changes.

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“And of course I will continue to listen and learn from my colleagues what improvements they would like to see.”

He added: “But I can’t stress enough that we now have a golden chance to put this behind us. I believe that with your support we have a great prize within reach tonight. We can put an end to the media’s pet obsession. We can continue to work without the noise being turned off.”

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Prominent MPs have come out to say they will vote against their leader, with former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeting in a statement that he would “vote for change”.

Will there be new elections?

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If Johnson loses the vote, chances are there will be a general election.

The next federal election is not scheduled to take place until 2024.

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Whether one is appointed, however, depends on how the Tory leadership contest plays out.

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