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Boris Johnson is left with no viable option to salvage his premiership despite apparent efforts to get his name back on the party leaderboard, a political affairs expert told Fox News Digital.
“You can’t bet against Boris Johnson, but in this particular episode of his career, he’s out of his depth,” said Alan Mendoza, co-founder and chief executive of the Henry Jackson Society. “He may well try to plan a return to high office in a maneuver familiar to the leaders of the Australian party, but it will be from the back.”
Johnson about three-year term as prime minister ends after the resignation of dozens of ministers who considered his position “untenable”.
Conservative ministers said they lost confidence in Prime Minister, after the news broke, he elevated Chris Pincher to the powerful role of Deputy Chief Whip despite allegations of sexual harassment.
But 14,000 people signed a petition demanding that the party hold a vote to remove Johnson. The Conservative Party said it had not received the petition, while Conservative donor Peter Cruddas and former MEP David Campbell Bannerman, the petition’s authors, said they would carefully check all signers for membership numbers and proof of address.
Even if these figures turn out to be true, the total is only a fraction of the roughly 200,000 members that make up the party, and the party has said it will completely ignore the petition, according to The Guardian.
Johnson regularly touted his ability to win elections, especially after the Conservative Party won its largest majority in over 40 years. Mendoza argued that Johnson could still help the party in the next general election, but his participation could be limited there.
“His brand will remain strong if he can show consistent campaign star power, but right now there is no way to save his premiership as a period of forced exile looms,” Mendoza said.
Johnson on July 20th gift his last address is “Prime Minister’s Questions” to their colleagues and political opponents in Parliament. His statement mentions his “successor, whoever he or she may be”.
He highlighted the successes of his premiership, including helping the country during the COVID-19 pandemic and helping Ukraine during the first months of the Russian invasion.
“And frankly, that’s enough,” he said, before thanking MPs.
Johnson was one of Ukraine’s most outspoken and outspoken supporters during the invasion – so much so that another petition was suggested. give him Ukrainian citizenship so that he can become the country’s next prime minister.
Gabriel Hayes of Fox News contributed to this report.