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British PM Theresa May to face leadership challenge over Brexit plan

British PM Theresa May to face leadership challenge over Brexit plan

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told the United Kingdom that there will be no renegotiation of the Brexit withdrawal deal despite Prime Minister Theresa May's failure so far to win enough support among British lawmakers to ratify the agreement.

The Prime Minister herself emerged from her official residence at 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday to acknowledge the challenge against her, and vow to "contest that vote with everything I've got".

While May made no public comment as she met Rutte in The Hague, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the Brexit agreement cannot be re-opened for negotiation at a summit of EU leaders on Thursday, but he did say that elements of the deal could still be clarified.

"A new leader wouldn't have time to re-negotiate a withdrawal agreement and get the legislation through Parliament by March 29, so one of their first acts would have to be extending or rescinding Article 50, delaying or even stopping Brexit when people want us to get on with it", she said.

Weeks spent tearing ourselves apart will only create more division, just as we should be standing together to serve our country.

Deal or no deal?

Speaking after meeting European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, May said that "there is a shared determination to deal with this issue and address this problem".

Theresa May has pledged to fight off the attempt to oust her from power with "everything I've got".

Only one member of the Conservative Party - the chairman of the party's 1922 committee of backbench MPs, Graham Brady - knows how many politicians have submitted their letters, but Mrs May's position looks more precarious than it has ever been. If she wins, no new leadership challenge can be called for a year.

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If the Brexit agreement is accepted by the U.K. Parliament, it must still be endorsed by the European Parliament before March 29. That arithmetic can only be changed by a general election, an election that many Tory MPs in marginal seats simply can't countenance because of the real threat of Jeremy Corbyn running yet another poll-defying election campaign that could make him Prime Minister.

She has been dogged by rumours of a leadership challenge since the 2017 snap elections in which the Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority.

May had informed Merkel that the deal would have been voted down, and that it was in nobody's interest for Britain to leave with no accord, the sources said.

"For as long as we fail to agree a deal, the risk of an accidental no deal increases", May told MPs.

Meanwhile Alan Duncan, foreign minister, said that some Tory MPs were planning to vote against Mrs May's deal to further their own political ambitions, calling such behaviour "contemptible".

When asked about a possible no-confidence vote yesterday, Parker said, "it will solve nothing".

May's Conservative government does not have a majority in the House of Commons, and opposition parties - as well as dozens of Conservative lawmakers - say they will not back the a deal that May and European Union leaders agreed on last month. The final two contenders would then be put to the nationwide party membership in a postal ballot.

Several Cabinet ministers - including those seen as potential leadership candidates - have this morning come out in support of May's leadership. "I've been a member of the Conservative party for 40 years, as an activist, councillor, shadow minister, home secretary, and now prime minister".