The election process of electing Britan’s next Prime Minister closes on Monday. It is being expected that Boris Johnson will be the winner charged with delivering Brexit. The postal votes of up to 160,000 grassroots Conservatives will decide the governing party’s next leader. It comes following a month-long contest between former London mayor Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The voting window slams shut at 5:00 pm (1600 GMT). The ultimate result will be declared on Tuesday. The winner will be taking the responsibility as the Prime Minister as well as becoming the new Conservative leader.
On Sunday, the Finance minister Philip Hammond announced that he will be making a point of resigning before Johnson becomes the prime minister saying that he will never agree to his Brexit strategy. Meanwhile, Hunt is busy is dealing with the fallout of Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf.
On the other side, Prime Minister Theresa May will be heading a meeting of Britain’s COBR emergencies committee at around 10:30 am which is one of her final steps. “As well as receiving the latest updates from ministers and officials, the COBR meeting will discuss the maintenance of the security of shipping in the Persian Gulf,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said.
Hunt stated that further information will be given to parliament on Monday regarding the situation in the Gulf and that the final posted votes will be delivered to Conservative headquarters in London. Any leftover votes will have to be delivered by hand or courier, it added.
In an online voting of 1,199 members conducted Friday and Saturday by the Conservative Home website, Johnson gained 73% while bookmakers said Hunt has around a one in 15 chance of winning. The Conservatives command a razor-thin majority in parliament’s lower House of Commons and Johnson’s opponents.
Meanwhile, some conservatives including Hammond hinted they are ready to bring down their own government rather than accept leaving the EU without an agreement. “I cannot accept the idea of leaving with no deal on October 31,” Hammond said. Justice Secretary David Gauke also said Sunday he would quit the government if Johnson became prime minister.