Tory MPs to vote on PM's future as 48 letters of no confidence
Tory rebels have gathered enough support to call a vote of no-confidence against Theresa May, in the hopes to oust her as Prime Minister.
This morning, chairman of the 1922 committee Graham Brady announced they reached the threshold of 48 letters of no-confidence against Theresa May, thus triggering a leadership contest.
The Prime Minister responded with a powerful statement which sent one message: she won't back down.
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, she said she would tackle the no-confidence vote “with everything I’ve got”.
"A change in leadership in the Conservative Party now will put our country's future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it.”
She emphasised the nearly impossible window of time a new Prime Minister would have to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement, and made it clear her successor will either have to abide by the March 29th deadline or extend it to continue negotiations.
“The British people want us to get on with it,” she said.
“Weeks spent tearing ourselves apart will only create more division, just as we should be standing together to serve our country. None of that will be in the national interest.”
She was due in Dublin this afternoon to continue negotiating the contentious Irish border issue, but has postponed the trip for the vote.
May will have the chance to address all Tory MPs before they decide her fate in Parliament tonight.
The vote will happen sometime between 6 to 8pm, and a result is expected by 9pm.
If she gets less than 50 per cent of the votes, she will have to step down as Prime Minister.
However, if she wins the majority - half the votes plus one - she's immune from leadership challenges for a year.
Over 120 Tory MPs have come out in support of their Prime Minister, with some condemning their own party.
Among them was May's predecessor David Cameron, who tweeted this:
On Good Morning Britain, Ed Vaizey slammed the Tory infighting for being "the height of self-indulgence", and confirmed he will back May tonight.
However, Tory rebels have also come out to send a message.
Also on the program, conservative MP Andrew Brigden said she was: “a Prime Minister who's been drowning, and Angela Merkel’s throwing buckets of water at her.”
He was was one of the first MPs to submit a letter of no-confidence in the Prime Minister.
Who could replace her as PM?
A few names have been floated as possible contenders for the top job.
Amber Rudd, David Davis, Dominic Raab, Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, and Sajid Javid are among the MPs who were named most likely to be May's successor should she be ousted.
However, earlier this morning, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was one of the many MPs who tweeted his support for May, stating: “The last thing the country needs is a damaging and long leadership contest.”
Last week on Good Morning Britain, former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab asserted he doesn't get sucked into "political parlour games" and the government should focus on getting through Brexit negotiations instead of distracting the public with a leadership challenge.