U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of confidence in her leadership of her party Wednesday, but not until after she reportedly promised she would step down before the next general election.
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The last batch came in after May delayed Tuesday's vote on the Brexit deal, a move that sparked outrage among MPs of all the political parties.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the chair of the European Research Group of Brexiter backbenchers, who has been calling for May to face a vote of no confidence for several weeks, claimed she had "hedged her bets".
British Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to fight off an attempt to oust her from power with "everything I've got". "But this Prime Minister can not even do her own job because of the Tory civil war", he said.
May has warned that if MPs vote down her plan the country risks crashing out on this date with no agreement.
She will meet with European Union leaders to discuss Brexit during a summit in Brussels on Thursday.
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After Tory backbenchers chose to "take back control" of their party leadership, they will know that any replacement PM would face the exact same Parliamentary arithmetic and the exact same deadlock over Brexit. But she could chose to resign if she wins support by a low margin.
Meanwhile, a lecturer in British politics at the University of York has claimed the decision by Brexiteers to trigger a leadership contest at this time does not make sense, even if they win it. May's harshest critics supported her remaining leader, arguing a leadership race now would have been too disruptive.
In her statement delivered early on Wednesday morning, May said: "A leadership election would not change the fundamentals of the negotiation or the Parliamentary arithmetic".
The ballot will be held on Wednesday evening between 6pm and 8pm local time.
"The only way out of this mess is for the PM to show real leadership by calling a People's Vote, and letting the public choose between this Brexit chaos and uncertainty or stability under the best deal we already have as a member of the European Union".
Mrs May's supporters cheered wildly at the initial announcement that the Conservative Party's MPs did have confidence in their prime minister.
She will remain as Prime Minister until a new leader is appointed, which could take up to six weeks and draw close to January 21; the day when her Brexit deal must return to Parliament.
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"She needs to go back to the drawing board".
Predictions as to how many Tory lawmakers will support May in the vote now vary between around 110 and 170, with the Prime Minister needing 159 to survive.
Brexit-backing International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt posted: "The Prime Minister has my full support, not least because she has always done what she firmly believes is in the national interest".
Chairman of the Conservative Party Brandon Lewis called on fellow MPs to support the prime minister, telling media that "the prime minister is the right one to take us forward".
"Building a stronger economy, delivering first class public services, building the homes that families need, we owe it to the people who put us here to put their priorities first".
Prospective leadership contenders are former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, home secretary Sajid Javid, and global development secretary Penny Mordaunt.
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