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Tories Fear Johnson May Call Snap UK Election If He Faces Rebellion

  • An early poll would threaten many Tories in marginal seats
  • Rebels worry Johnson would defeat an attempt to oust him
YouGov modeling suggests that if an election were to be held, the Conservatives would suffer heavy losses in key seats.

YouGov modeling suggests that if an election were to be held, the Conservatives would suffer heavy losses in key seats.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Conservative MPs war-gaming how a rebellion against Boris Johnson might play out are worried the British prime minister could respond to an attempted coup by calling a general election.

Rebels in Johnson’s party fear that even if they reach the threshold of 54 Tory MPs -- or 15% of the total -- to trigger a confidence vote, the premier would survive because it would then need a full majority to oust him. The prospect of Johnson winning and immediately seeking a fresh mandate from voters is being openly discussed by lawmakers, two Tory MPs said on condition of anonymity.