Theresa May has vowed to fight a challenge to her leadership after a vote of no confidence in the embattled prime minister was announced in the British parliament.
“I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got,” May said outside her Downing Street residence on Wednesday. “I stand ready to finish the job.”
Under Conservative rules, at least 48 letters from MPs must be sent to Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, to trigger a vote of no confidence.
That threshold was exceeded on Wednesday morning and the vote over May’s fate will take place in the evening.
May said that the move will harm the future of the country and throw into disarray the ongoing Brexit negotiations.
“A change of leadership in the Conservative party now would put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it.”
In addition, as removing and replacing the prime minister would take…