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London: Ex-foreign office minister Alan Duncan quit his post on Monday to try to force an emergency vote testing parliament’s confidence in a new Conservative prime minister but the speaker John Bercow turned down the request, the BBC reported.

Britain’s ruling Conservative Party is set to name a new leader on Tuesday who will become prime minister and replace Theresa May. Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is expected to win the leadership contest.

“Alan Duncan tells @BBCNews he quit govt so he could push for an emergency vote tomorrow, after the next PM [prime minister] is announced, to test if they can hold a majority,” BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg said on Twitter on Monday.

“Alan astonished that Bercow has turned his request down, and fears much bigger meltdown after recess when next PM can’t hold a majority in the Commons — his critics may reckon he was trying to kill off a Johnson govt before he’s even gone to the Palace.”