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LONDON, Dec. 4, 2018 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, on Dec. 4, 2018. British MPs on Tuesday voted by 311 to 293 to find ministers in contempt of parliament over their failure to publish the full legal advice on the Brexit deal. (Xinhua/Stephen Chung/IANS) by .
British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain.

Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership later on Wednesday. Conservative MPs will vote between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT.

LONDON, Dec. 4, 2018 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, on Dec. 4, 2018. British MPs on Tuesday voted by 311 to 293 to find ministers in contempt of parliament over their failure to publish the full legal advice on the Brexit deal. (Xinhua/Stephen Chung/IANS) by .
British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain.

Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership later on Wednesday. Conservative MPs will vote between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT.

The challenge to Mrs May’s position comes after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee.

Mrs May, who has been prime minister since shortly after the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, has faced criticism in her party for the Brexit plan she has negotiated.

It is not yet known how quickly the result of the secret ballot will be announced, but Mrs May needs to get a majority in her favour to win it. If that happens she cannot be challenged for at least another year, BBC reported. If Mrs May does not win the vote there would then be a Conservative leadership contest in which she could not stand. There is also an option that even if Mrs May won – but not overwhelmingly – she may decide to stand down as party leader.

EU Commission by Joel Rouse.
Prime Minister Theresa May with EU President Juncker.

Mrs May in a statement at Downing Street said: “I will contest that vote with everything I have got”.

She said a new prime minister would have to scrap or extend Article 50, the mechanism taking Britain out of the EU on 29 March, “delaying or even stopping Brexit”.

Mrs May said changing Conservative leader would “put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it”.

If Mrs May is ousted as Conservative leader later she would be expected to stay on as a caretaker prime minister until a new leader is selected by the party, a process that could take six weeks. If there are multiple candidates, Conservative MPs hold a series of votes to choose two to go forward to a vote of party members.

 

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