Tensions rise in British Conservative Party against mandates, Prime Minister Johnson

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, in London, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. British lawmakers have voted to approve new restrictions to curb the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant. The House of Commons approved measures ordering masks to be worn indoors in England and requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter nightclubs and large crowded events. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions at the Houses of Parliament, in London, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. British lawmakers have voted to approve new restrictions to curb the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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UPDATED 9:47 AM PT – Wednesday, December 15, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing opposition from lawmakers within his own Conservative Party. Why? On Tuesday, he proposed legislation to require vaccine passports, re-implementation of face masks and mandating COVID vaccines for workers.

The laws all passed, but only with support from the opposition Labour Party joining in. In what was the largest rebellion since becoming prime minister in 2019, 60 to 100 Conservative MP’s voted against the various party proposals.

“I respect the feelings and I respect the anxieties that colleagues have, of course I do,” Johnson stated. “I respect and understand the anxieties, the legitimate anxieties, that colleagues have about restrictions on their liberty and the liberty of people. But I believe that the approach that we’re taking is balanced and proportionate and right for this country.”

The rebellion shows a massive break within the ruling Conservative Party and exhaustion over COVID measures in the U.K.

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