According to a recent survey on Saturday, Boris Johnson’s former British Foreign Minister, the flagship breeder of the Governing Conservative Party’s hard-line Brexit camp, is the most popular among the potential successor candidates of Prime Minister Theresa May.
The largest British polling company, YouGov, in a study conducted by The Times on a conservative British newspaper, showed that 39 percent of Conservative Party members put Johnson in the first place in the successor list, so they would vote more favorably than Johnson would be members.
This means that Johnson is ranked three times as many as the top ranked nominee, Domininc Raab, former Brexit minister, who was ranked 13 percent of party membership in the preference list.
The other potential successor candidates are one-digit popularity: Michael Gove, Minister for the Environment and Sajid Javid Interior Minister, both 9 percent, 8 percent Jeremy Hunt Foreign Minister, and 5 percent Penny Mordaunt Defense Minister as his first-ranked candidate.
At the same time, a representative survey of 858 party members also showed that Johnson’s personality strongly shared membership of the Conservative Party. Out of those who voted for exiting the UK EU referendum in 2016, 49 percent placed the former Foreign Minister in first place, while only 10 percent of retired supporters said they would prefer to vote for Johnson than other candidates.
In the national referendum in 2016, a narrow majority of participants, 51.89 percent, voted for the UK to leave the European Union.
In the EU referendum campaign, Johnson was a front-runner in the hard-line Brexit camp, and he is still. He also dismissed the post of Foreign Minister last year because he believes that the government is seeking too close ties with the EU even after Brexit.
According to a study by YouGov on Saturday, 70 percent of members of the Conservative Party believe that Boris Johnson could win the party in the next parliamentary election.
77 percent of the respondents called Johnson an “affectionate personality”, 67 percent said the former foreign minister, formerly Mayor of London for eight years, to be a prime minister.
Theresa May agreed this week, under the leadership of the 1922 Commission, the most influential executive body of the Conservative Party lower house faction, to jointly outline the precise timetable for leaving in June.
The government also announced this week that it will submit to the Lower House the draft law to enact the Brexit agreement in the week beginning on June 3rd.
This will not be the same proposal for a decision of principle to approve the Brexit Agreement, which the House of Commons has rejected three times so far: the draft to be presented in June will be a legislative proposal with a comprehensive timetable for the exit legislation.
However, there is practically a consensus that if the Lower House does not accept the Brexit Bill, Theresa May will leave the Conservative Party and the government, and in this case, the successor selection process would start in the summer.
In the first phase, the Conservative faction of the Lower House narrows the list of starters with two rounds of votes, with one candidate for each round, expected to last for weeks.
If none of the two candidates left in the race after the last round, the Conservative Party’s 124,000 registered members can elect the new leader of the party, who will also be the next Prime Minister of Britain.
Boris Johnson announced this week that he wanted to start off in the successor race.