Eli Ridder | Report
British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke in front of 10 Downing Street on Wednesday morning, pledging to fight a Conservative Party no-confidence vote that she said could threaten the future of Brexit.
Just two days after pushing back a parliamentary vote on a negotiated deal for the United Kingdom’s formal departure from the European Union, enough of May’s Conservative Party have dropped their support for her leadership to trigger a no-confidence vote.
The poll will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time, with May needing the support of at least 158 members of her own party to stay on as leader, and, therefore, as prime minister.
“I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got,” Mrs. May said to international media in front of her official residence, saying she will “stand ready to finish the job”.
She told MPs in her party later on Wednesday she will not stay on as leader into the 2022 general election if she remains in her post.
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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted his support for May after the news broke, saying that a leadership contest “is the last thing the country needs” and that May is “best person” to make sure Brexit takes place for the deadline of Mar. 29, 2019.
At least 48 Conservative Party Members of Parliament turned against May, passing a 15 per cent threshold that initiates a vote of confidence.
Lawmaker Graham Brady’s call for the vote early on Wednesday morning was not unexpected, as rogue Tory MPs have called for May to step down for weeks, a demand supported by a former Cabinet minister on Tuesday.
If May wins the leadership confidence vote with 50 per cent plus one, or 158 MPs, she can legally stay on as leader and can not be challenged for another year. However, she may step down if she does not win a strong majority, political analysts say.
If the prime minister loses the leadership vote, she steps down from her position and a new leadership contest that she could not run in is called.
The confidence vote follows uncertainty around the Brexit plan negotiated by May with the EU over the course of a year since the union’s Article 50 was triggered following the British referendum of 2016.
Image of Theresa May from social media.