Candidates have till Monday at 2:00 pm to obtain 100 supporters. If three candidates meet the threshold, a vote will be held on the same day to eliminate one.
“Boris or nothing”
MPs will vote “indicatively” on the final two candidates, with the winner being determined by party members in an online vote that will conclude on Friday of next week.
Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg has been lobbying MP colleagues to nominate Mr. Johnson, and he previously tweeted his support with the hashtag “Boris or bust!”
If Mr. Johnson were to make a comeback, it would be unique in British political history, given that he was pushed out of office by his MPs following a series of scandals.
Polls indicate he remains popular among Tory members, but a second bid for the leadership might prove contentious among ToryMPs, with some stating they would leave parliament if he returned.
Mr. Johnson spent his vacation in the Caribbean. Stanley, his father, told ITV that he believed his son was on an aircraft returning to the United Kingdom, but he refused to comment on whether he was cutting his vacation short or whether he would be standing.