Can the Queen sack prime minister Boris Johnson?

Boris Johnson is facing mounting pressure to step down as Prime Minister after a series of allegations around parties held in Downing Street while coronavirus restrictions were in place emerged in recent weeks.

Just last night The Telegraph reported on two more gatherings which took place at No 10 the night before the Queen attended the funeral of her husband Prince Philip.

Allegations of a number of Christmas gatherings in December 2020 were first reported by the Mirror in November last year, when a source told the paper there were ‘many social gatherings’ in Downing Street as the public faced restrictions.

In the weeks that followed, at least a dozen social events in Downing Street and Whitehall were reported by the media.

They are now the subject of an investigation led by civil servant Sue Gray.

While Mr Johnson himself apologized for attending a garden gathering on May 20 during the first lockdown, he insisted he believed he was attending a business event and was only there for 25 minutes before going inside.

Despite a furious backlash from the public and politicians on both sides of the House, Mr Johnson has said the conclusion of Ms Gray’s review should not be anticipated and has so far ignored calls for her to resign.



Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to step down

The Scottish Tory leader said the Prime Minister’s position was now untenable and at least five of Mr Johnson’s own MPs admitted to sending letters to the 1922 committee calling for a vote of no confidence in the current conservative leader.

But at least 54 letters are needed to trigger the vote, and the number sent so far has not been disclosed to the public.

It left some people wondering if the Prime Minister could be forced out of office in another way.

The Queen must remain strictly neutral on political matters, but she has a “special relationship” with the Prime Minister and meets him regularly.

Following a general election, the monarch appoints a prime minister who has the confidence of a majority of the House of Commons.

Although most of her powers are ceremonial, it is understood that there is a way for the Queen to remove a Prime Minister from power.

However, such a decision has not been made by a monarch for centuries.

The last time a prime minister was removed from office on a monarch’s own authority in the UK was in 1834.

According to i.

Professor Robert Hazell of University College London previously told the Guardian it could be possible – but only if the Prime Minister refuses to step down following a vote of no confidence.

He said the Queen ‘could sack Boris Johnson if he lost a vote of no confidence and refused to step down’.

He said that would only happen “if the House of Commons made it clear who should be appointed Prime Minister in his place”.

If the number of letters needed to trigger a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister is reached and MPs vote against Mr Johnson, the Prime Minister has two weeks to win a vote of confidence to stay in office.

During these 14 days, Parliament could try to agree on another candidate for the post of Prime Minister, which it could then propose to the Queen, Prof Hazell explained.

“Then the Queen could, and would feel able, to fire Johnson if he himself did not want to step down, and appoint that new person as Prime Minister,” he said.

If Parliament had another candidate to put forward, it was highly likely that Mr Johnson would step down voluntarily to avoid being sacked by the Queen, he added.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee, is probably the only person to know the number of letters calling for the Prime Minister’s resignation received so far, although the Telegraph reported that up to 30 letters had been submitted.

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