May may go: British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a crucial vote of confidence

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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Uk forewarns aid cuts

The United Kingdom has announced they will begin to cut foreign aid to developing countries failing to invest in their own citizens.

The country who now provides £13 billion each year overseas is calling for governments to take more responsibility and step up. Failing to do so would influence the UK’s economic support.

This new approach was developed after fears that foreign aid provides no incentive for countries to invest their own money and resources into things such as healthcare.

However, some have raised concerns of suddenly stripping aid from countries who really need it, and believe that even with taking self-supporting steps, there still a significant need for aid.

As reported by the BBC,  the UK government is legally required to spend 0.7% of their gross national income on overseas aid.

The announcement coincides with the United States decision to withhold 65 million dollars in aid to Palestine