It’s 'Mayhem' as British PM faces no confidence vote within her party

Theresa May will face a no confidence vote among Conservative MPs on Wednesday night but vows to go down fighting

British PM Theresa May
British PM Theresa May

Theresa May has had to postpone her European Brexit tour to tend to troubles within her own Conservative Party back home as she faces a vote of no confidence.

The British Prime Minister’s fate as leader of the party will be determined on Wednesday night as Conservative MPs are expected to vote in a secret ballot on her future.

The vote of no confidence was triggered after at least 15% of Conservative MPs asked for it.

May has been under pressure over the Brexit deal she brought home from Brussels, which has faced all-out opposition.

If May loses the no confidence vote, a leadership contest is triggered and she will not be able to stand as a candidate.

However, if she wins the vote, May’s position as leader will be secured for another year.

In a statement on Wednesday morning, May vowed to go down fighting, warning the rebels that getting rid of her risked leaving them with no Brexit.

On Monday, May postponed a crucial vote in parliament on the Brexit deal, which she was set to lose. May promised to get more reassurances from EU member states that the Irish backstop agreement will not be an indefinite arrangement.

The European Commission and leaders of EU member states have insisted the Brexit deal is not up for re-negotiation. 

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