UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has assured his fellow Tory party members that he will fight tooth and nail to keep his current post in his hands. “He’s making [it] very clear that they’ll have to send a Panzer division to get him out of there,” a senior adviser cited by The Times on Saturday said of the PM’s attitude towards the ongoing rebellion in the Conservative party. Meanwhile, his opponents want to hold a vote of no confidence in Parliament and oust the embattled leader of the government.
The rebels require support from at least 54 MPs, who would send formal letters to the chair of the 1922 Committee – the parliamentary body of the Conservative party – through which a no-confidence vote would have to be called. According to insiders, at least 35 Tory legislators have done so, and people pessimistic about Johnson’s future at the helm of the country believe the number may be over 50, the newspaper said.
There are lingering suspicions that Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, who has been publicly defending Johnson, may be plotting behind his back, the report added. Those who suspect him of disloyalty have been calling for his dismissal.