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Conservatives trigger vote of no confidence in Theresa May

Conservatives trigger vote of no confidence in Theresa May

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Update – 08:55 : May makes statement to reporters
Theresa May makes Statement on No Confidence Vote
Theresa May spoke on the steps on number 10 Downing Street this morning, where she addressed the vote of no-confidence, saying “I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got”.
With relation to the vote’s affect on Brexit, May said that a leadership election risked “handing control of the Brexit negotiations to opposition MPs in parliament”, adding that a new leader wouldn’t have enough time to complete negotiations without extending the deadline for exiting the EU.

Update – 08:41: Theresa May is expected to make a statement to the Commons soon. This can be watched here.

We will be updating this story as it happens here and on Twitter.

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Politics update 12.12.2018 Theresa May No-Confidence Vote

Brexit plans were thrown into chaos this morning as it was confirmed that the Conservative party had triggered a vote of no-confidence against Theresa May.

Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee, has received the minimum 48 letters of no-confidence from Tory MPs needed to launch a motion against May.

A ballot will be held on Wednesday evening between 6pm and 8pm, Brady said, with votes counted “immediately afterwards and an announcement will be made as soon as possible”.

On Tuesday, former environment secretary Owen Paterson became the latest to call for a vote of no-confidence, publishing his ‘letter of no-confidence’ in the Telegraph, where he wrote that “the Prime Minister’s proposed “deal” is so bad that it cannot be considered anything other than a betrayal of clear manifesto promises.”

Earlier today, Brady had originally declined to comment on the reports of a vote, though he had requested to meet with May after today’s ‘Prime Minister’s Question’s’ session, most likely after midday.

The Independent and BBC both opened today with ‘unconfirmed reports’ that enough votes have been submitted toSir Graham Brady, the chairman of the Conservative’s 1922 committee – the criteria needed to begin a vote of no-confidence in the prime minister.

As details of the Brexit deal became known to MPs over the past several weeks, more and more concerned voices grow within the party, opposing the deal in parliament and calling for it to be scrapped altogether. Elements of the Brexit deal such as the Northern Ireland backstop have led rebel Tories to publicly submit letters of no-confidence.

Who could replace May?

Though a vote has only just been launched, for weeks there has been speculation over could replace Theresa May as the new PM.

Some of the favourites include Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, environment secretary Michael Gove,  and hardline Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Both Sajid, and Jeremy Hunt, both of who have been considered candidates in the past, tweeted their supposed support for May:

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