British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday that the number of letters required to trigger a no-confidence vote in the Parliament had not been met and a change in leadership will only delay Brexit.
"As far as I know, no, it has not," May told Sky News, when asked if the threshold had been met for a formal leadership contest, Reuters reported.
Under the Conservative Party's own rules, 48 letters of no confidence in May are required to trigger a challenge. At least 20 have been made public and it's expected that a number of others have been sent but not declared.
If 48 Conservative MPs (Members of Parliament) back a no-confidence vote, there will be a leadership contest and the prime minister would need more than 50 percent of the vote to stay in office. On the plus side, should she win that vote, she could not be challenged again for at least a year. A vote could happen as early as Monday.
Speaking to Sky News, May said she was going to Brussels to meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. She further added that when the deal comes to the Parliament, lawmakers should think about the need to deliver on Brexit. If the deal is voted down by the Parliament, May said, the government would come back with proposals for the next step.
On Sunday, the chairman of the committee in charge of Conservative Party leadership contests told BBC radio that the threshold for triggering challenge to May's leadership had not been met.
"The intention is clear that if it were to happen it ought to be a test of opinion very quickly in order to clear the air and get it out of the way," Graham Brady, chair of the '1922 Committee' said.