Theresa May survives to fight another day

Theresa May survives to fight another day

Theresa May survives to fight another day

Gove, 51, pulled off an unexpected career comeback after the 2016 leadership contest in which he was widely seen as having betrayed his fellow high-profile Leave campaigner Boris Johnson by putting his name in the running.

It means that enough Tory MPs have written to the Committee and said that they have doubts in Mrs May's leadership and will mean that she will have to fight to stay on as leader and Prime Minister.

But she could still lose and Labour might still challenge the government with a vote of no confidence to try to force a general election.

Speculation about Mr Javid's possible leadership ambitions was fuelled by an interview in the Spectator magazine in which he set out a broad-ranging vision for the Conservatives as the party which can "make a real difference to you as an individual in your life".

The instability and uncertainty of alternative options has been the threat that has kept May in power since her disastrous snap election.

The prime minister that promised she would be strong and stable is instead at the top of a party that looks weak and chaotic at a vital time.

She will remain leader, and prime minister, until the successor is picked.

West Meon MP George Hollingbery, who represents Waterlooville, said if Mrs Day's withdrawal deal is not supported "we run the risk of reneging on the referendum". None of that would be in the national interest.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn denounced her actions as "totally and absolutely unacceptable", while the SNP's leader in Westminster Ian Blackford called on her to resign.

Wrong - he's bound to get one from the prime minister.

The chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, told Mrs May in a phone call late on Tuesday evening that he had received the 48 letters of no confidence from Tory MPs required to trigger a ballot on the leadership.

The vote was triggered on Wednesday morning and the result is expected to be released at 2200 CET.

Several Cabinet ministers - including those seen as potential leadership candidates - have this morning come out in support of May's leadership.

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"Now is not the time to change leader", she said.

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The ERG's chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg and deputy chairman Steve Baker issued a joint statement saying, "Theresa May's plan would bring down the government if carried forward".

The European Parliament's Brexit point man, Guy Verhofstadt, could not contain a note of annoyance, tweeting: "Once again, the fate of EU-U.K. relations, the prosperity of businesses & citizens' rights are consumed by an internal Conservative party catfight over Europe".

"Conservatives must now answer whether they wish to draw ever closer to an election under Mrs May's leadership".

She added: "We must and we shall deliver on the referendum vote and seize the opportunities that lie ahead".

"I will contest that vote with everything I've got".

May offered the concession to members of her Conservative party ahead of a confidence vote triggered by hardliners who hate the divorce deal she agreed with the European Union last month.

Brady said that the party aimed to finish the first stage of any leadership contest - in which lawmakers vote to whittle down the field of contenders to two - before Parliament breaks for Christmas on December 20.

"She said that in her heart she would like to fight the 2022 election, but that she recognised the party did not want her to, and therefore it was not her intention to", he said. "A Brexit that delivers on the votes that people gave".

Speaking in Downing Street, she vowed to deliver the Brexit "that people voted for".

The pound fell briefly in response to news of the challenge to Mrs May, but later rallied. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Britain could still revoke or delay its departure. Nothing from the last 24 hours has transformed the deal that would have been rejected this week if MPs had been allowed to vote. Rebels said that failing to get the backing of a third of her party was a significant blow.

British Prime Minister Theresa May could be toppled if 158 of her 315 lawmakers vote against her.

May on Monday cancelled a parliamentary vote on the deal, which is created to maintain close future ties with the European Union, after it became clear she would lose it.

Mrs May told DR Merkel that it was in nobody's interest for Britain to leave with no accord, the sources said.

"It isn't even clear that all Brexiteers are comfortable with a no deal scenario, which of course will be opposed by the majority of MPs in the House of Commons".

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