Theresa May faces no confidence vote

Saul Bowman
December 13, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would fight a vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party later on Wednesday with "everything I have got".

May was forced into an extraordinary climbdown on Monday when she delayed the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal, acknowledging she faced a resounding defeat.

Speaking at an global affairs think tank in Dublin, he said: "We need to revoke article 50 with immediate effect".

Mr Rees-Mogg led the charge to oust Mrs May - and despite the vote, he told LBC nothing had changed.

"That's why she pulled the vote on her botched Brexit deal this week and is trying to avoid bringing it back to parliament".

Mrs May, who is facing repeated calls from leading Tory Brexiteers to be replaced as PM, was forced to abandon the Commons vote as the scale of opposition to the Brexit deal, especially regarding proposed backstop arrangements for the Irish border, threatened a crushing rejection of her plans.

Approached by Sky News while getting into his auto, he said: "I don't regret calling a referendum".

But senior Tories fear she will get 'jack sh**' out of the whirlwind tour, after the European Union dismissed the idea of unpicking the legal text of the package or the controversial Irish border backstop.

After visits to the Hague and Berlin, her final stop on Tuesday will be Brussels where she will meet European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

Using violent imagery that is likely to draw criticism, one MP said the prime minister was badly politically wounded and would "bleed out slowly". "In the national interest, she must go", they said.

Ministers lined up to express loyalty to May, who was due to speak from her Downing Street home.

And she demanded that her leader acts, saying: 'To Jeremy - we are asking that in the days ahead you think very hard about adding your signature to those of other leaders, to table a motion of no confidence'.

The vote was triggered by party grandee Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, early on Wednesday after he received letters of no confidence in the PM from at least 15% of the parliamentary party.

"That's the right thing to do and she has my support".

She will then travel on to Brussels, where she is due to meet European Council president Donald Tusk at around 4pm and Mr Juncker at 6.15pm, United Kingdom time.

To laughter from MPs, Mr Bercow added: "I'm trying to help him but it's a point that's so blindingly obvious I'm surprised that I have to state it".

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