A senior member of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has submitted a letter of no-confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May, demanding a new Tory leader takes reigns of Brexit talks to prevent it from parliamentary disapproval.
Jacob Rees-Mogg sent the impeachment letter on Thursday to the chair of the so-called 1922 Committee, a group that supervises the Tory leadership, saying May’s draft agreement with the European Union on Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc was a backtrack from her own promises after the 2016 Brexit referendum.
“In accordance with the relevant rules and procedures of the Conservative party and the 1922 Committee, this is a formal letter of no confidence in the leader of the party, the Rt Hon Theresa May,” wrote Rees-Mogg in his letter, reminding the chair of the committee, Sir Graham Brady, that May had violated her pledges that she would deliver on the results of a June 2016 referendum to leave the EU.
The letter, which comes along similar notes from up to a dozen other Tory lawmakers who are not in May’s cabinet, could be the start of a fierce leadership challenge in the Conservative Party.
The move is generally meant to prevent a general election after May’s potential failure in obtaining the approval of the parliament for her Brexit deal, which could lead to the rise of the opposition Labour party to power.
A total of 20 senior and junior ministers have resigned from May’s cabinet over the past two years, mainly over her Brexit strategy. Brexit minister Dominic Raab and work and pension minister Eshter McVey resigned early on Thursday hours after May made a statement about the deal outside her Downing Street residence in London.
If Tory lawmakers succeed in ousting May, two former cabinet ministers, namely Boris Johnson and David Davis, who resigned from their posts in July, have the highest chance of assuming the premiership.