Theresa May delivers a statement as she faces no-confidence vote
Updated: Apr 14, 2019
Theresa May delivered a statement outside Number 10 after a no-confidence vote is announced, saying she will fight for her leadership “with everything [she’s] got”.
A leadership election amidst the Brexit negotiations will likely result in more delays, says the Prime Minister:
“The new leader wouldn’t have time to renegotiate a withdrawal agreement and get the legislation through parliament by 29 March – 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”.
Mrs. May has been Prime Minister since 2016, shortly after the Brexit vote.
She needs a majority in her favour to win the vote, and she cannot be challenged for another year if this happens. If she does not win, there will be a Conservative leadership contest where she cannot stand.
Likely candidates to replace her include former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, active Brexit deal critic Boris Johnson, and Michael Gove, who betrayed Boris Johnson during the last leadership contest to take a place in May’s parliament.
Conservative MPs will vote from 18:00 GMT to 20:00 GMT, and results are expected within the hour after closing.
Author: Ana Hernandez