All those aiming to replace Prime Minister Theresa May vow they will succeed where May failed and lead Britain out of the European Union, though they differ about how they plan to break the country’s Brexit deadlock.
Johnson, a former foreign secretary, gained backing from 114 of the 313 Tory legislators in the first round of voting.
In Tuesday’s vote, the lowest-placed contender will drop out, along with any who fail to get at least 33 votes. Further rounds of voting are set for Wednesday and Thursday if needed. The final two contenders will go to a postal ballot of about 160,000 Conservative Party members nationwide.
The winner, due to be announced in late July, will become party leader and prime minister.
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