THERESA MAY has been saved from facing a vote of no confidence despite Eurosceptic MPs warning one would take place as early as Tuesday, after an insufficient number of Conservative rebels handed in letters to the chairman of the 1922 Committee.
Conservative rebels had stated there would be a vote on Mrs May’s leadership as early as Tuesday, but this has been stalled due to their inability to reach the required number of letters. In total, 48 letters need to be handed in to Sir Graham Brady before a vote is called. Now, it appears a no-confidence vote could be avoided until after the parliamentary vote on the Prime Minister’s proposed withdrawal agreement. A senior Brexiteer source told the Telegraph on Monday: “Today was supposed to be the day we finally got the 48 letters needed to force a no-confidence vote, but some people didn’t turn up to be counted.
“There is a lot of frustration, especially with some of the big names who haven’t yet put letters in.”
Last week, the European Research Group of Tory Eurosceptics said that the 48 letters would be handed in by Monday.
Simon Clarke, one of the MPs who publicly announced he had submitted his letter, also said Mrs May faced a “crucial day” on Monday.
However, certain Leave-supporting MPs said the threshold had not yet been reached because their colleagues “don’t want to do it yet”.
They added that certain MPs would wait until after the vote on the proposed Brexit deal next month, when it is believed Mrs May will lose further support if the deal is voted down in Parliament.
According to the Telegraph, a senior Eurosceptic source said: "Many people are saying that the meaningful vote is the right time to put in letters, that they don't want to do it yet."
Senior Tories nevertheless warned that Mrs May is still under significant pressure, and could face a leadership vote in the coming days.
Eurosceptic MP Steve Baker said: "Anyone who thinks that the moment of danger has passed has succumbed to spin. This is a process, not a moment."