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British Prime Minister Theresa May faces no-confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces no-confidence vote

But Mrs May's decision to delay the vote sparked a fresh wave of speculation at Westminster about new letters of no confidence being submitted by Conservative MPs to the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she found "a shared determination" among some European leaders Tuesday to persuade the British Parliament to accept a proposed Brexit deal, but her continental counterparts insisted any room for revisions was small.

The British leader, who earlier vowed to fight "with everything I've got", needs a majority of her MPs - 159 - to back her in the vote to remain in Downing Street. Brady said the vote would be held in Parliament between 18.00 GMT and 20.00 GMT (11.30 pm and 1.30 am) on Wednesday, with the results announced soon after. If she wins, she is safe from such a challenge for a year.

Leading Conservative Brexiteer Steve Baker said that PM had a "duty" to stand down in order for a new leader to deliver European Union withdrawal.

Many Tory lawmakers have been growing angry with May over her handling of Brexit, and the challenge comes days after she postponed a vote to approve a divorce deal with the European Union to avoid all but certain defeat.

Asked if she had been informed the 48-letter requirement was met, the prime minister said: "No, I have been here in Europe dealing with the issue I have promised Parliament I would be dealing with". If she loses the vote, she will be replaced.

The British parliament will get its vote before January 21, May's spokeswoman said. May's critics say she has failed to deliver on Brexit.

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. This further infuriated MPs on all sides of Parliament, who accused the Prime Minister of holding the chamber in contempt by denying it a vote. The victor of that contest, as leader of the largest party in Parliament, will be invited by Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government.

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However, some lawmakers who have backed May publicly have said in private that they will vote against her, according to British political commentators.

Solicitor-General Robert Buckland said May told lawmakers at a meeting that "it is not her intention to lead the party in the 2022 general election".

"This government is a farce, the Tory party is in chaos, the prime minister is a disgrace", Scottish National Party leader Ian Blackford said in the House of Commons hours before the secret ballot. But she would be weaker - lonelier - and with less authority to drive her Brexit compromise through. May still has the support of Tory remainers but there are reports that they too will desert her if she leaves the so-called meaningful vote on Brexit until after Christmas.

The pound has fallen for four consecutive weeks amid fears of a "no deal" Brexit unleashing a savage recession in the United Kingdom - and rocking world financial markets.

At breakfast in The Hague, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told her there was no better deal to be had.

On Wednesday, May plans to visit Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin amid her worsening political woes at home.

May said she would defer the vote so she could seek "assurances" from the European Union and bring the deal back to Parliament. "But this Prime Minister can not even do her own job because of the Tory civil war", he said.

But European Council president Donald Tusk warned the bloc would not reopen the agreement secured in November after months of negotiations, with Brexit looming on 29 March.


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