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How will a new British Prime Minister be elected after Boris Johnson resigns?

Boris Johnson announced his resignation on Thursday, prompting a search for a new British leader.

Below is how the process will work to find Johnson’s successor:

  • Candidates who propose themselves for leadership, and there can be many, should be nominated by other conservative legislatures. How many nominations they need will be set out by the committee responsible for managing the competition. In 2019, it was increased to eight nominations to speed up the process.
  • Conservative lawmakers then hold several rounds of voting to narrow the field. Each time, they are asked to vote for their favorite candidate in a secret ballot, and the person with the fewest votes is eliminated.
  • This process is repeated until there are two candidates left. Votes were previously held every Tuesday and Thursday, but parliament will break down on July 21 for its six-week summer recess, so the process may need to be speeded up.
  • The last two candidates will then be brought to a post vote of the broader Conservative Party membership, with the winner being named the new leader.
  • The leader of the party with a majority in the House of Commons is the de facto prime minister. He or she does not have to call a quick election, but has the power to do so.
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How long will it all take?

The duration of the leadership competition can vary depending on how many people present themselves. Theresa May became leader less than three weeks after David Cameron resigned in 2016 and all other contenders dropped out in the middle of the race.

Johnson confronted former health minister Jeremy Hunt in the run-up vote for Conservative members to replace May in 2019 and took office two months after May announced her intention to resign.

Speaking outside Downing Street, Johnson said he would remain in office until a new prime minister is elected, but some Conservative MPs want Johnson to be replaced immediately.

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