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Boris Johnson survives no-confidence vote but future looks uncertain for universities and researchers

Last night, prime minister Boris Johnson survived a vote of no confidence by 211 to 148. It is a result that spells uncertainty, more than anything else, for the higher education and R&D community—and indicates a significant amount of unhappiness within the Conservative Party.

In 2018, Theresa May survived a similar vote by 200 votes to 117—and within six months, she was no longer leader. Johnson’s survival will be trumpeted as a victory by his supporters (including those who own our national newspapers), but this is the merely the beginning of the latest chapter in the current premiership. Who knows what will happen next?

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