UK government blocks Labor call for no-confidence vote


The British government has fiercely blocked the Labor Party’s motion to hold a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ability to continue leading the country until a new Conservative leader is elected.

On Tuesday, Labor Party leader Keir Starmer introduced the motion to oust Johnson from power immediately.

But in an unprecedented turn of events, Labor’s tabling of the motion fell on deaf ears and was ignored by members of the government.

Reacting furiously to the refusal, a Labor spokesperson told the Post: “This overwhelmed government is scared and refusing to allow time to debate the Labor Party vote of no confidence.

“This is totally unprecedented. Once again, the Tories are changing the rules to protect their own dodgy mates. All Tory leadership candidates should speak out against this blatant abuse of power to protect a discredited Prime Minister.

The motion would have required lawmakers from all parties represented in parliament to vote on whether Johnson is still deemed fit to serve as the nation’s leader until a new one is elected.

If the vote passed, it would have triggered an immediate national election.

Boris Johnson announced his resignation last week.
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The next prime minister is not expected to be announced until September 5, after the Conservative Party set its timetable for the battle to replace Johnson.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace was previously seen as a possible frontrunner to replace Johnson, but this week he dropped himself from consideration.

Former Home Secretary Sajid Javid has also pulled out of the leadership race, leaving former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak as the current favorite with the most declared support.

Last week, the scandal-ridden Prime Minister received the most resignations a British leader has received while clinging to power.
Last week, the scandal-ridden Prime Minister received the most resignations a British leader has received while clinging to power.
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Johnson, who took office in 2019, finally succumbed to dozens of calls last week from fellow Tories asking him to step down.

More than 50 ministers and government aides tendered their resignations in protest against his leadership in just 48 hours.

It is the most resignations a British leader has received while clinging to power.

Starmer celebrated the news of Johnson’s impending resignation on Twitter, writing, “We need a fresh start for Britain.

“It is good news for the country that Boris Johnson has resigned as Prime Minister. But it should have happened a long time ago. He has always been unfit for office,” Starmer said in a statement.



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