Boris Johnson to step down in early September following Tory leader election

The process for selecting a new Conservative Party head will take the remainder of the summer.

Published: July 12, 2022 7:14am

Updated: July 12, 2022 7:53am

England Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to officially leave office Sept. 6, after resigned last week amid a series of missteps and scandals that resulted in a mass exodus of top government officials and a loss of confidence in the leader.  

The timetable for the departure was established following conversations by Conservative Party leadership Monday evening. 

On Sept. 5, a new Tory leader will be elected and will likely take over the following day as the leader of the party and of the country.

On Tuesday, those hoping to become the next party leader will need to present support of at least 20 of their colleagues in Parliament to make it onto the ballot.

On Wednesday, any candidate with fewer than 30 votes will be knocked out of the competition, after which a second ballot will take place Thursday. A third ballot, if one is needed, has been scheduled for July 18 and so on and so forth until only two candidates remain.

The final two candidates will compete for the duration of the summer for the votes of about 200,000 grassroots Conservative Party members.

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