UK Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in the parliament on Wednesday night after the 15 per cent threshold necessary for the ballot has been exceeded amid the delay on the Brexit deal, according to a statement of the House of Commons.
“The threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded,” the statement said.
“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 press service added.
May will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership after hard-Brexit supporting MPs in her own party have followed through with their warning that they would seek new leadership of the party to attempt to extract a new deal from EU leaders. The Prime Minister has pledged to contest the vote with ‘everything’ she has.
“A change of leadership will put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it,” she said on the steps of Downing Street on Wednesday morning, warning that ousting her would risk handing Brexit negotiations to Opposition MPs in Parliament or delaying Brexit.
Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the backbench 1922 committee of the Conservative Party said on Wednesday morning that they had reached the 15 per cent threshold for a vote of confidence after at least 48 Conservative MPs submitted letters of no confidence in May’s leadership.