Conservative Party sets rules for choosing Boris Johnson’s successor

Acting Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson – Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/dpa

The Conservative Party has made public this Monday the rules and timetable that will culminate on September 5 with the election of Boris Johnson’s successor as Tory leader and consequently as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

«Nominations open and close tomorrow. We will have the first vote on Wednesday and there is likely to be a second vote on Thursday,» explained Graham Brady after a meeting of the Conservative parliamentary group, known as the 1922 Committee.

In addition, Brady explained that each contender must have 20 signatures of support among Conservative MPs in what is the first milestone in a race that seeks to leave only two contenders to lead the formation before the final vote.

Graham has indicated that the aim is to achieve a «balance» between a «reasonable speed» of the process before the summer recess and «a proper debate within the party».

As for Johnson’s continued tenure, Graham has qualified that it is not his responsibility. «We are assuming our functions as quickly as we can within logic,» he reiterated.

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