(UNI)UK Prime Minister May to face Vote of Confidence Wednesday:Statement
Moscow, Dec 12 (UNI) UK Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party on Wednesday night after the 15-percent threshold necessary for the ballot has been exceeded amid the delay on the Brexit deal vote, according to a statement of Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee.
On Monday, May said she was delaying the vote on the Brexit deal in the House of Commons, originally slated for Tuesday, amid lawmakers’ concerns over the Irish border backstop, Sputnik news said in a report.
“The threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded. In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 1800 and 2000 on Wednesday 12th December in committee room 14 of the House of Commons. The votes will be counted immediately afterwards and an announcement will be made as soon as possible in the evening,” the statement said.
May will lose her position if 158 out of 315 Conservative lawmakers vote against her later on Wednesday.
A number of Conservative lawmakers have rushed to express their support for the prime minister. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Amber Rudd, and Chairman of the Conservatives Brandon Lewis, as well as several others have publicly backed May.
Several lawmakers, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, the chairman of the Conservatives’ strongly pro-Brexit European Research Group, called for a confidence vote back in November, when the government unveiled its latest draft of the Brexit agreement. However, no vote took place at that time, and the deal went on to be endorsed by the European Union.
The draft agreement was still facing a barrage of criticism in the Commons, whose approval it requires, from the opposition and some of the Conservatives alike.
On Tuesday, several opposition parties told Labour in a letter that they would back the official opposition should they bring forward a motion of no confidence in the government.