Boris Johnson survives no-confidence vote in a victory of sorts

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday expressed distrust, although about 40% of lawmakers in his own Conservative Party voted for his removal.

Of the 359 lawmakers who voted on Monday, 211 voted to keep Johnson in power and 148 voted to say they did not trust the prime minister.

While this is a victory of sorts for Johnson, the number of those who opposed him is far higher than most analysts had expected.

To put it bluntly, Johnson's successor, Theresa May, passed a no-confidence vote in December 2018 in which 117 conservative lawmakers voted against her.

He resigned in July of the following year after his party lost the European elections.

Johnson is out of disgrace: he recently became the first incumbent prime minister to be found to have broken the law by imposing COVID-19 bans on his government.

And on Friday, he was loudly booed when he arrived at St Paul's Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving marking Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee.

Johnson has long been considered a fun cheerleader for her country, as someone who can ever break the rules.


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