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The vote to oust May: A guide to how it works and what comes next

12 December 2018 3:00 PM
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UK Prime Minister Theresa May faces a confidence vote in her leadership on Wednesday night amid growing opposition to her Brexit deal.

Conservative members of Parliament will vote from 18:00 to 20:00 on whether they have confidence in her as leader. The outcome, followed by the breakdown of the numbers, will be announced by 21:00 London time.

If May is defeated, the first ballot in the new leadership contest will be held on Tuesday. Candidates could be whittled down to the final two by December 20. Once there are two candidates, it’s meant to go to party members in a postal ballot.

In 2003, the party agreed that only a single candidate would stand. The Tory party is known for its efficiency when it comes to replacing leaders.


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