London – Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson at his official Downing Street residence on Friday, a day laterWhen a replacement is selected from his position as leader of the Conservative Party of Britain. Candidates to replace Johnson began throwing their hats in the ring, while some critics said he should be fired immediately.
How is Boris Johnson still serving as prime minister after resigning?
In Britain, the prime minister is not directly elected by the people. General elections work more like congressional elections in the United States, where the public vote to send local representatives to the UK’s legislature, the Parliament. The leader of the party that wins the most seats in parliament usually becomes the prime minister.
Britain’s Conservative Party, which holds the majority of seats in parliament, will now choose a new party leader to replace Johnson and that person will become the new prime minister. Johnson has said he will continue to serve until a replacement is found.
How was Boris Johnson forced to resign?
Earlier this week, dozens of members of Johnson’s government resigned, including members of his cabinet. The resignations were in response to the latest in a series of scandals involving former government minister Chris Pincher.
Pincher had recently resigned from his government post after being accused of groping two people. Johnson initially denied any knowledge of similar, previous allegations against Pincher, but changed his story twice after new information was published in the media, and was accused of lying.
Some of the many members of his government who resigned said Johnson’s handling of the pincher case was the last straw. In the past few months, Johnsonby his party, and He attended parties at his official residence, by police, for violating COVID-19 restrictions during Britain’s pandemic lockdown.
The process of electing a new Conservative Party leader has traditionally involved a number of candidates putting themselves forward, and then the field is narrowed through a series of votes among the current members of parliament. When only two candidates remain, members of the wider Conservative Party from across the country vote on who they want to be their next leader.
It usually takes several months to choose a new leader in this way. Critics say Johnson will remain prime minister for that period, hurting the country, which is facing a range of issues including rising inflation and fuel prices. He says Johnson should soon be replaced by his deputy prime minister, Dominic Raab.
The rules for choosing a new party leader are set by a committee of conservative members of parliament called the 1922 Committee. They have the power to change the rules to expedite the process, and are scheduled to meet on July 11 to discuss doing so.
Meanwhile, Britain’s opposition Labor Party has called for a general election.
If Johnson does not step down immediately, Labor leader Keir Starmer warned that his party would call for a no-confidence motion in Johnson’s government, possibly as early as next week. However, this move is likely to be blocked by the Conservatives, and very likely, as they are still in charge of the government.