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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a no-confidence vote yesterday, securing enough support from his Conservative Party to remain in office. The vote—211 in favor and 148 against—fell short of the simple majority of Conservative lawmakers needed to oust Johnson, who has come under fire for hosting a series of social gatherings and breaking protocols during the 2020-21 COVID-19 lockdown.
The win insulates Johnson from another vote for 12 months under current rules, but those rules could change. The vote was triggered after 15%, or 54, of the Conservative Party’s 359 lawmakers submitted a letter of no confidence. Votes of no confidence allow for the removal of a prime minister deemed unfit to serve.
Observers say the vote still adds to Johnson’s weakening reputation and that he could face a fate similar to his predecessor, Theresa May. In 2018, May survived a no-confidence vote, 200 to 117, in response to her actions on Brexit before ultimately resigning in 2019. See a history of no-confidence votes here.