In a gamble to oust May from her position, some members of the Prime Minister’s own party (The Conservative Party also sometimes known as ‘tories’) have prompted a confidence vote to take place Wednesday evening (GMT). May will have to receive votes re-affirming votes of confidence from just over half the members of the party, equalling out to be about 158 votes. With promises of a quick release, the results of the vote could be announced the same night. 

How did Theresa May end up here? Discontent amongst her May’s fellow colleagues over her Brexit negotiations has reportedly festered, losing the faith of some within the party. In order to stimulate such a vote, the Conservative Party requires at least 15% of members to an express interest, indicating that over 47 members had sent such letters. 

What happens next? If May receives the confidence votes she needs, the conservative leader legally cannot be challenged again for 12 months. If she loses the vote and does not receive enough votes of confidence May will be required to step down as the leader, and a contest to elect a new leader will be undertaken. May will act as leader until that is completed. 

This vote will place the Brexit deadline (otherwise known as article 50) scheduled for the 29th of March next year in jeopardy. 

For more information and on-going updates on this topic visit:  The Guardian or The BBC

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