Boris Johnson drops out of race to be next UK prime minister

Oct 23, 2022, 4:57 AM | Updated: Oct 24, 2022, 3:12 am
A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chie...

A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Sunday he will not run to lead the Conservative Party, ending a short-lived, high-profile attempt to return to the prime minister’s job he was ousted from little more than three months ago.

His withdrawal leaves former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak the strong favorite to become Britain’s next prime minister — the third this year — at a time of political turmoil and severe economic challenges. He could win the contest as soon as Monday.

Johnson, who was ousted in July amid ethics scandals, had been widely expected to run to replace Liz Truss, who quit last week after her tax-cutting economic package caused turmoil in financial markets, was rapidly abandoned and and obliterated her authority inside the governing party.

Johnson spent the weekend trying to gain support from fellow Conservative lawmakers after flying back from a Caribbean vacation and held talks with the two other contenders, Sunak and House of Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt.

Late Sunday he said he had amassed the backing of 102 colleagues, more than the threshold of 100 needed to make a ballot of lawmakers on Monday.

But he was far behind Sunak in support, and said he had concluded that “you can’t govern effectively unless you have a united party in Parliament.”

The prospect of a return by Johnson had thrown the already divided Conservative Party into further turmoil. He led the party to a thumping election victory in 2019, but his premiership was clouded by scandals over money and ethics that eventually became too much for the party to bear.

In his Sunday statement, Johnson insisted he was “well placed to deliver a Conservative victory” in the next national election, due by 2024. And he said that he likely would have won a ballot of Conservative Party members against either of his rivals.

“But in the course of the last days I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do,” he said. “Therefore I am afraid the best thing is that I do not allow my nomination to go forward and commit my support to whoever succeeds.”

But he hinted he might be back, saying: “I believe I have much to offer but I am afraid that this is simply not the right time.”

After Truss quit on Thursday, the Conservative Party hastily ordered a contest that aims to finalize nominations Monday and install a new prime minister — its third this year — within a week.

The clear favorite now is Sunak, who has support from more than 140 lawmakers, according to unofficial tallies. Mordaunt is backed by fewer than 30.

If both make the ballot, the 357 Conservative lawmakers will hold an indicative vote on Monday to show their preference before the choice goes to the 172,000 party members around the country. If Mordaunt does not reach 100 nominations, Sunak will win by acclamation.

Sunak, 42, was runner-up after Truss in this summer’s Tory leadership race to replace Johnson. On Sunday, he confirmed he was running again in the latest leadership contest.

“There will be integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level of the government I lead and I will work day in and day out to get the job done,” Sunak said in a statement.

Johnson’s exit came only hours after allies insisted he would run. Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg told the BBC on Sunday that he spoke with Johnson and “clearly he’s going to stand” after flying back to London Saturday from a vacation in the Dominican Republic.

But Northern Ireland minister Steve Baker, a former backer of Johnson and an influential politician within the Conservative Party, warned a Johnson comeback would be a “guaranteed disaster.” Baker noted that Johnson still faces an investigation into whether he lied to Parliament while in office about breaking his government’s own coronavirus restrictions during parties at Downing Street.

If found guilty, Johnson could be suspended as a lawmaker.

“This isn’t the time for Boris and his style,” Baker told Sky News on Sunday. “What we can’t do is have him as prime minister in circumstances where he’s bound to implode, taking down the whole government … and we just can’t do that again.”

Truss quit Thursday after a turbulent 45 days, conceding that she could not deliver on her botched tax-cutting economic package, which she was forced to abandon after it sparked fury within her party and weeks of turmoil in financial markets.

Sunak, who was Treasury chief from 2020 until this summer, steered Britain’s slumping economy through the coronavirus pandemic. He quit in July in protest at Johnson’s leadership.

In the summer contest to replace Johnson, Sunak called promises by Truss and other rivals to immediately slash taxes reckless “fairy tales” and argued that soaring inflation must be controlled first.

Tory voters backed Truss over Sunak, but he was proved right when Truss’ unfunded tax-cutting package triggered chaos in the markets in September. Now the task of stabilizing Britain’s wobbling economy is likely to fall to him.

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              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A general view of 10 Downing Street, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party's race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              FILE - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Oct. 22, 2022. Boris Johnson said Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 he will not run to lead UK Conservative Party, quashing comeback speculation. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A placard is placed outside the gates of Downing Street, in London, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves his campaign office, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.  Former British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is frontrunner in the Conservative Party’s race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. He has garnered support from over 100 Tory lawmakers to forge ahead of his two main rivals: ousted former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt. But widespread uncertainty remained after British media reported that Sunak held late-night talks with Johnson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Conservative Party leadership candidate Penny Mordaunt, left, and Andrea Leadsom arrive at the BBC studios, in London, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. While the opposition Labour Party is demanding an election, the governing conservatives are pushing on with choosing another prime minister from within their own ranks, which they have the right to do because of the way Britain's parliamentary democracy works. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              Rishi Sunak poses for photographers upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical' on the opening evening of the 2022 London Film Festival in London, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. (Photo by Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)
            
              Former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak outside his home in London, Saturday Oct. 22, 2022. Liz Truss' resignation as British Prime Minister on Thursday triggered another leadership race — the second in just four months — for the U.K.'s fractured and demoralized Conservative Party. (Beresford Hodge/PA via AP)
            
              Former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak outside his home in London, Saturday Oct. 22, 2022. Liz Truss' resignation as British Prime Minister on Thursday triggered another leadership race — the second in just four months — for the U.K.'s fractured and demoralized Conservative Party. (Beresford Hodge/PA via AP)
            
              Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Saturday Oct. 22, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
            
              Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Gatwick Airport in London, after travelling on a flight from the Caribbean, following the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Saturday Oct. 22, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

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