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The question is no longer whether Boris Johnson goes, but when

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Politicians would normally be delighted with a 59 to 41 percent victory. But Boris Johnson’s survival of a no-confidence vote by that margin on Monday is devastating. The question is no longer whether he goes, but when.

There is no mistaking that this is a dismal result for the British prime minister. Theresa May won the challenge against her in late 2018 by a 63 to 37 percent vote, but was forced to resign within months as it became clear she was dragging the Conservative Party toward defeat. Margaret Thatcher won her last leadership challenge with only 54 percent of the party. The great lady was not for turning, but she stepped down within a day of that rebuke.

Johnson is not expected to resign so quickly, but others can now force his hand. Losing 148 of his own party’s members in a secret ballot, as Johnson just did, shows the anger among his peers is deep and unlikely to fade. Conservative Home’s snap poll of Tory Party members on Monday morning found 55 percent wanted the prime minister booted from office. Public polls find that large majorities of Britons,........

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