As Theresa May faces leadership vote, a look at what happens next

As Theresa May faces leadership vote, a look at what happens next

As Theresa May faces leadership vote, a look at what happens next

In a short statement on Wednesday morning at Downing Street, May said she would "contest that vote with everything I've got".

The results of the vote will be announced at 9 p.m.

"Being PM (is the) most hard job imaginable right now and the last thing the country needs is a damaging and long leadership contest".

Voting was scheduled for 6 pm local time and the results would be declared soon after voting ends at 8 pm.

Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative Party's so-called 1922 committee, said the threshold of 15 per cent of the parliamentary party seeking a confidence vote had been exceeded.

May said she would fight for her job with everything she had.

Now, having already been weakened by a snap election previous year which cost her a parliamentary majority, May also sees her own job at risk over Europe.

Another Tory legislator, Nick Boles, tweeted: "She was unambiguous".

Brexit is Britain's most significant political and economic decision since World War Two, though pro-Europeans fear it will weaken the West as it grapples with the presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China. It comes days after May postponed a vote to approve the divorce deal to avoid all-but-certain defeat.

Rees-Mogg, the head of an influential eurosceptic group of lawmakers, announced he had submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister the day after she unveiled her draft Brexit deal.

Rumors of an internal party coup have been swirling for weeks as May struggled to sell her contentious Brexit deal to Parliament and the country.

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May received sympathy from European Union partners on her trip but firm rejections of any attempt to reopen the Brexit deal, which was only secured after 17 months of excruciating talks. The candidate with the fewest votes is removed and Conservative lawmakers vote again.

The embattled leader said she would relay concerns to European Union leaders, but also warned it was one of several "inescapable" compromises needed to get an agreement. "At one of the most pivotal moments for the United Kingdom economy in decades, it is unacceptable that Westminster politicians have chosen to focus on themselves, rather than on the needs of the country", said Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce.

The European Parliament's Brexit point man, Guy Verhofstadt, noted that with the canceled vote in London "we have spiraled again into a new mess", and he supported Juncker's message.

When David Cameron chose to step down as prime minister and Conservative leader after the European Union referendum in 2016, five candidates came forward.

These two candidates are then put to a postal ballot of the wider Conservative Party membership.

If May survives the leadership vote Wednesday night she will remain safe in her position as leader and prime minister for a year. Allies insisted she would stay in post even if she won by a single vote. But our party will rightly not tolerate it.

But Cabinet colleagues rallied to May's support.

As leader of the largest party in the Commons, the new Conservative leader would then be expected to be asked to form a government and become prime minister, without a general election.

"Her opening remarks were 'I am not going to hold a snap election, '" Shelbrooke said.

"The size of the vote does matter", said polling expert John Curtice.

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, expressed his disbelief at the political chaos engulfing Westminster.

In response, EU President Donald Tusk called a special summit of the other 27 leaders to discuss Brexit on Thursday, at the start of a two-day Brussels meeting that May is due to attend.

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