Theresa May survives confidence vote: what happens now?
- Author: Leroy Wright Dec 14, 2018,
Dec 14, 2018, 1:23
The Prime Minister's statement came about an hour after it was confirmed the chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, had received the 48 letters of no confidence from Tory MPs required to trigger a ballot on the leadership.
She said she would step down as prime minister before the next General Election scheduled for 2022 (but left enough wriggle room in case she's forced into an election before then).
Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29, so there is significant time pressure for progress.
The European Parliament's Brexit point man, Guy Verhofstadt, could not contain a note of annoyance, tweeting: "Once again, the fate of EU-U.K. relations, the prosperity of businesses & citizens' rights are consumed by an internal Conservative party catfight over Europe".
"That's why she pulled the vote on her botched Brexit deal this week and is trying to avoid bringing it back to parliament". There was no change in plans for Mrs May to address them about Brexit at a summit on Brussels on Thursday.
He said later, "I just couldn't believe we're still talking about the [Irish] backstop which is toxic and totally unacceptable to the [Democratic Unionist Party]" which has a confidence and supply agreement with the Tory government, and would certainly have voted down the deal.
However, the scale of the no-confidence vote in her leadership and her pledge to stand down before the next election means the race to replace her will now start in earnest.
"She has admitted her deal is likely to be defeated by a significant margin".
May could be toppled if a simple majority of 317 Conservative MPs (members of parliament) vote against her, though a large rebellion could also leave her fatally weakened.
"It's just a draft but a clear sense of the direction the European Union and United Kingdom are going in to provide the House of Commons with reassurance on the backstop", says Flemming.
West Suffolk MP and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said: "I'm voting for the Prime Minister tonight and urge all colleagues to do the same".
The British Pound rallied through the mid-week session as markets bet that the no confidence vote called in Prime Minister Theresa May would ultimately prove unsuccessful and see her potentially strengthen her hand.
"I don't think there is a mood for a general election but I do think we will have one within a year", he said. The prime minister said the people have already spoken, and a second referendum is an affront to democracy.
"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.
"The prime minister must realise that, under all constitutional norms, she ought to go and see the queen urgently and resign", said Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of a hard Brexit faction, after the confidence vote result. That two-stage process, involving votes by lawmakers and party members nationwide, could take weeks.
Rebel Conservatives have insisted that the PM should quit, but Mrs May has said she wants to "get on with the job".
Loyal MPs and ministers said the result was "good" and "clear", but Nicola Sturgeon said the vote was "barely even a Pyrrhic victory" for a "lame duck Prime Minister saddled with a lame duck Brexit deal".
Mrs Foster, whose 10 MPs prop up the minority Conservative administration, said she told the PM that "we were not seeking assurances or promises, we wanted fundamental legal text changes".
So the Brexit summit called for tomorrow, December 13 might turn out to be a disaster with the United Kingdom leader calling the summit but losing the support within the day so the summit upon Brexit will have no leader representing the leaving country.