Britain goes for hard Brexit as Boris Johnson edges closer to becoming new Prime Minister
London, June 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Boris Johnson, former British Foreign secretary and prominent hard Brexiteer closes to becoming new British Prime Minister on Thursday after securing the highest number of votes in the first ballot to select the Conservative party leader and next prime minister.
Mr Johnson received 114 votes, Jeremy Hunt was second second distance with 43 and Rory Stewart was the final successful contender, through with 19 votes.
Three contenders – Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey – have been knocked out, in the secret ballot held in the House of Commons.
They have become the first MPs to be voted out of the Tory leadership battle.
The candidates failed to get the minimum 17 votes required to stand in the second round of the contest, under special rules brought in to shorten the contest.
The voter turnout was 100 per cent, with Ms McVey receiving the least amount of votes, claiming just nine.
Mr Harper gained 10 votes, while Ms Leadsom received 11 votes respectively.
The result came after the first secret ballot of Conservative MPs, which took place on Thursday morning, and which was open to 313 MPs.
All 313 MPs cast their votes.
The ten candidates who were in the first ballot were Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Matt Hancock, Rory Stewart, Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey and Mark Harper. ES