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For a man who for so long set his sights on being Britain's prime minister, Boris Johnson came dangerously close on Monday to being ousted by lawmakers tired of defending him and faces a battle to win back the confidence of his party and country.

He survives, just, for now. But he is deeply wounded and even loyal lawmakers who backed him in the confidence vote say he must now change — return to the traditional ideals of the governing Conservative Party, foster unity and lead.

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