British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived the No-confidence motion against him, voting for which was held yesterday in London. Even though 148 MPs voted against him, 211 lawmakers supported Johnson and voted in his favor.
Johnson described his win as ‘decisive’, which squashed all those who challenged him. Taking a cheerful tone, he said it was a ‘convincing’ result and ‘an opportunity to put behind us all the stuff that the media goes on about’.
On the other hand, sentiment in the country seems to be completely different. The British public has been enraged and many are even demanding his resignation. The media believes that the level of rebellion against him shows that Johnson does not have the same hold anymore and that his authority in the party has significantly weakened.
When Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May faced the confidence vote back in 2018, she had won by 63% votes and yet had to resign just six months later. Considering Johnson won just 59% of the votes, his future is uncertain.
Johnson, who won the election in 2019 with favorable votes, came under scrutiny after he and his staff had alcohol-fuelled parties when Britain was under intense lockdown due to COVID-19. These fiestas were held near the Downing Street, where the Prime Minister lives and works.
The final report by Sue Gray brought forth all detailed information regarding the scandal. The report included open emails between lawmakers, which revealed details regarding the parties and also showed inside pictures from the events.
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