Theresa May wins no-confidence vote triggered by Brexit dilemma

Theresa May wins no-confidence vote triggered by Brexit dilemma

Troy Powers
December 13, 2018

The victor of the vote becomes Conservative leader and prime minister, without the need for a national election. And today's vote flies in the face of giving her the chance to finish the job.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told her party she will not lead the Conservative Party into the 2022 election, it has been reported.

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

In a statement Sir Graham said: 'The votes will be counted immediately afterwards and the result will be announced as soon as possible in the evening'. More than 158 MPs will have to vote against her in order for her to be outed.

If she wins the ballot then she will remain in charge of the party and the country and another contest can not be triggered for the next 12 months.

With this victory, May's leadership can not be challenged again for a year. And a leadership election would not change the fundamentals of the negotiation or the Parliamentary arithmetic.

"Weeks spent tearing ourselves apart will only create more division", she said.

May said before the vote that it was "now clear" the backstop needs to be temporary, and that she was confident she could still win approval in Parliament for her withdrawal plan with further assurances from the EU.

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

Had a majority voted against her, May would have been forced to resign as party leader and would have been expected to stand down as prime minister.

May's Brexit plan. Several cabinet ministers also lined up to support Ms. May. The PM was watched by her husband Philip as her most loyal MPs cheered her on.

Prior to that he was the country's longest-serving Health Secretary, a position he held for six years and which made him unpopular with medical staff staging their first all-out strike in the National Health Services' history. I would urge all colleagues to get behind her, give her their full support.

What does it mean for Brexit?

Yet senior colleagues of the Labour leader like Unite's Len McCluskey are vehemently opposed to another European Union referendum as they fear Labour support for one would lose the party significant support in Midlands and northern England seats.

They echoed the prime minister's message that airing their divisions in public would undermine voters' trust in the Tory party - and it would be hard for any new leader to change the course of Brexit before the March 29 date on which Britain is due to leave the EU.

None of the PM's Brexit-backing critics took the opportunity to attack her, while there were strong words of support from backbenchers including Neil O'Brien (Harborough), who condemned "headbangers from all sides" for undermining her.

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Many supporters of Brexit say May's deal fails to deliver on the clean break with the bloc that they want.

Candidates for the leadership must be nominated by two Conservative MPs.

The PM thought she had seen off an attempt by this group of Brexiteers to get rid of her last month.

Several leading Brexiteers, including former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and ex-Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, have said loudly that they think they could get a better deal with the European Union, and are likely to enter a race to replace her if she loses the vote.But before it, Cabinet colleagues rallied to May's support.

The vote was triggered by 48 of her MPs angry at her Brexit policy, which they say betrays the 2016 referendum result.

"The only thing that seems clear is this decision to trigger a leadership election at this time could be potentially disastrous for the Conservative Party's electoral fortunes".

Leading pro-Brexit legislators Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker said in a joint statement that "in the national interest, she must go".

Why are they trying to get rid of her?

This is a crucial stage with weeks to go before we leave the EU.

Anger has focused on the so-called "backstop" to prevent the return of a physical border in Northern Ireland.

When asked about the front runners to replace Mrs May, he said: "I really haven't. you know the section of the party I'm from".

Her ministers began tweeting their support of Mrs May following the announcement of the contest.

Who are the frontrunners to lead the party if she loses?

Possible leadership contenders Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and David Davis, as well as home secretary Sajid Javid and foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, will now all have to bide their time for a future vacancy.

Prospective leadership contenders are former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, home secretary Sajid Javid, and worldwide development secretary Penny Mordaunt.

Ian Lavery, the chairman of the opposition Labour Party, said May's "weakness and failure has completely immobilised the government at this critical time for the country". May so far has ruled out such a vote.