British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a vote of no confidence

Posted at 8:00 AM, Dec 12, 2018
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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Ministers’ Questions session, at parliament in London, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. May has confirmed there will be a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party, in Parliament Wednesday evening, with the result expected to be announced soon after.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to fight a no-confidence vote, appealing to party colleagues to support her leadership.

May said Wednesday a change of national leader would result in Britain’s departure from the European Union being delayed or stopped, as she vowed to fight to stay in power.

The announcement of the challenge to May’s leadership throws Britain’s already rocky path out of the European Union, which the country is due to leave in March, into further chaos.

Many Tory lawmakers have been growing angry with May over her handling of Brexit, and the challenge comes days after she postponed a vote to approve a divorce deal with the EU to avoid all but certain defeat.

If she loses Wednesday’s vote, May must step down and there will be a contest to choose a new leader.

If she wins, she can’t be challenged again for a year.