It has been confirmed that British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership this evening (Wednesday 12 December).
The challenge to Mrs May’s position comes after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered, and the vote by Conservative MPs will take place between 18:00 and 20:00 GMT (21:00 and 23:00 Kenya time).
My letter to Sir Graham Brady pic.twitter.com/aG7OcvA68O
— Owen Paterson MP (@OwenPaterson) December 12, 2018
Mrs May, who succeeded David Cameron as prime minister shortly after the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, has faced sustained criticism in her party for the Brexit plan she has negotiated.
She needs to get a majority in her favour to win the vote and if that happens, she can not be challenged for at least another year.
However, should she lose there would be a Conservative leadership contest in which she could not stand.
Even if she wins the initial vote, if the vote is not overwhelmingly in her favour she could still decide to stand down and as the Conservative Party is the largest party in the House of Commons, whoever leads the party would almost certainly become prime minister.