Multiple Conservative Party MPs are claiming that the number of letters of no confidence in Theresa May needed to trigger a leadership election has been met. 48 letters to the party’s 1922 committee, chaired by Sir Graham Brady, are needed in order to trigger a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
The claim comes after more MPs submitted letters on Tuesday, following Monday’s events in the House of Commons which saw Theresa May delay the vote on her Brexit deal in order to avoid a heavy defeat. While Mrs May was in Europe yesterday meeting EU leaders including Angela Merkel, an emergency debate about the government’s handling of the Brexit meaningful vote was being held in the House of Commons.
On Monday, multiple opposition parties said that they would support the Labour Party if they started proceedings for a vote of no confidence in the government. The letters to the 1922 committee are different – they come from inside the Conservative party and could see Theresa May ousted from her position of Prime Minister, rather than the whole government folded.
Theresa May has a difficult day ahead of her, as she continues to try and find assurances for Parliament over her Brexit deal. The PM will also face a grilling in PMQs later, and potentially a meeting of her cabinet, who will likely want to step out preparations for the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit. A leadership challenge would only make Mrs May’s day worse and would only cause more uncertainty across the UK.
If a leadership election was called and Theresa May was unsuccessful, it would appear most likely that either Boris Johnson or Dominic Raab could take the prime position – stay tuned for more developments throughout the day as the Prime Minister gets closer to the edge of her premiership.