LONDON (REUTERS) – Boris Johnson was expected to resign as prime minister on Thursday (July 7), triggering a search for a new British leader.
Below is how a process to find Johnson’s successor will work:
– Candidates putting themselves forward for the leadership – and there could be many – must be nominated by two other Conservative lawmakers.
– Conservative lawmakers then hold several rounds of votes to whittle down the field. Each time they are asked to vote for their favoured candidate in a secret ballot, and the person with the fewest votes is eliminated.
– This process is repeated until there are two candidates remaining. Votes previously have been held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
– The final two candidates are then put to a postal ballot of the wider Conservative Party membership, with the winner 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 snap election, but has the power to do so.