Boris Johnson won't race for 10 Downing Street

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Boris Johnson will not be racing at 10 Downing Street

Ex-Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rushed home from vacation in the Caribbean to gauge his support for a new race for the leadership of the British Conservative Party.

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson withdrew from the race at 10 Downing Street on Sunday night in a spectacular turn of events just hours before nominations closed.

While these nominations are due to close Monday at 2 p.m. local time, Mr. Johnson said in a statement that he had secured the 100 endorsements needed to run.

< p class="e-p">However, he said, in the past few days I have come to the sad conclusion that it just wouldn't be the right thing to do. You cannot govern effectively if you do not have a united party in parliament, he added.

He said he was convinced that if he had been a candidate he would have had a good chance […] of returning to Downing Street and would ;is considered well placed to lead his camp during the next legislative elections, scheduled in two years.

This withdrawal could pave the way for the appointment of ex-finance minister Rishi Sunak on Monday: he is currently the only candidate to have the necessary 100 supporters. The other candidate, Minister for Relations with Parliament Penny Mordaunt, is far from it.

During a weekend of intense negotiations, M Sunak, 42, entered the race on Sunday to succeed Liz Truss, who resigned after just 44 days in office.

I want to turn our economy around, unite our party and act for our country, he said, announcing his candidacy on Twitter, pledging integrity, professionalism and responsibility.

Boris Johnson's camp had claimed all weekend that the 58-year-old ex-prime minister, who returned from vacation in the Caribbean on Saturday, had also reached 100 supporters, contradicting at least three unofficial counts that gave him Sunday evening between 57 and 76 declared supports.

I have spoken to Boris Johnson and he will certainly run, one of his relatives, Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg.

On Friday night, Rishi Sunak was the first to reach the 100 Conservative MP endorsements needed to continue the race.

The second declared candidate, the Minister for Relations with Parliament Penny Mordaunt, had, according to her entourage, been approached by Boris Johnson, who asked her to withdraw in her favor. Ms Mordaunt told the BBC that she was a candidate to win.

Support for Rishi Sunak is growing by the hour, Dominic Raab, former Deputy Prime Minister of Boris Johnson.

Among his most notable recent supporters is that of former Home Secretary Suella Braverman, influential on the right wing of the party and for years loyal to Boris Johnson.

Even if they don't support him, many Tory MPs have been careful to profess their affection for Boris Johnson, who was forced to resign in early July after a spate of scandals and lies . This perennial optimist and former Brexit hero remains popular with the party base.

However, for many, including in his camp, he is too controversial to return to Downing Street, especially as he is still the subject of a parliamentary inquiry, which is due to start soon. , to establish whether he lied to Parliament about partygate, those illegal parties in Downing Street during the anti-COVID lockdown.

It would be a guaranteed disaster, said Sunday Steve Baker, Minister for Northern Ireland, predicting that a Johnson government would implode within months.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation on October 20, 2022 outside 10 Downing Street, London.

Rishi Sunak, guardian of budgetary orthodoxy and workaholic, appears to them as a better choice at a time when the country is going through a deep economic and social crisis, further aggravated by the calamitous mistakes of Liz Truss, which destabilized the markets and brought down the pound.

Mr. Sunak had regularly warned this summer against the economic plan of Liz Truss. He had not convinced the party activists, who had the last word and elected her.

The campaign to replace her will only last a few days at best .

If Penny Mordaunt does not step down and reach 100 endorsements, Tory MPs will vote Monday afternoon, tentatively, to tell the party base who their favorite is .

Members will then be able to vote online until October 28. The indicative vote of MPs did not exist this summer, when the approximately 140,000 voters of the party elected Liz Truss, while MPs preferred Rishi Sunak.

The next Conservative Prime Minister will be the third in two months and the fifth since 2016.

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