Rees-Mogg calls for general election if Johnson ousted
Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that a general election should be called if Boris Johnson was forced out as Prime Minister.
There is no specific rule which would guarantee this, and Boris Johnson himself followed the example of Theresa May and Gordon Brown in not immediately calling a general election after taking office mid-term. But Mr Rees Mogg has told Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark that the UK parliament has moved to “an essentially Presidential system” and said that any new PM would be “well-advised” to look for a fresh mandate.
This suggests that Johnson’s supporters are holding the threat of a general election over the heads of those who are trying to sign the PM down.
Asked again whether the Prime Minister should resign, Mr Rees-Mogg urged people to wait for the publication of the Sue Gray report.