Tory MP Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May to the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, saying he has “lost trust” in her ability to deliver the EU referendum result.
In correspondence with his constituents, the MP for Shipley said the prime minister’s Chequers plan for Brexit is “unacceptable” and failure to deliver Brexit could end with Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister.
“This has not been an easy decision and I have agonised over it, but I know in my heart of hearts it is the right decision,” Mr Davies said.
According to the Yorkshire Post, Mr Davies said: “Politics is all about trust and once it is lost it is impossible to win back. Many people have told me that as a result of this they have lost trust in the PM to properly and fully deliver the referendum result.
“It is with much sadness that I have to say that have also lost trust in her to deliver the referendum result too.
He continued: “Failure to keep our promise to the electorate will almost certainly lead to the catastrophe of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister and I cannot sit back and allow that to happen.
“Therefore I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that I have no alternative but to send a letter to the Chairman of the 1922 Committee asking him for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister."
For a no confidence vote to be triggered, 48 letters from Conservative MPs – 15 per cent of the parliamentary party – have to submit letters to the chairman Graham Brady.
If a vote is triggered, the prime minister would need to win the votes of more than half of the Tories’ 316 MPs to survive.
Defeat for the Prime Minister would mean an election to choose a new leader, in which she would not be allowed to stand. But if she won a confidence vote, she could not be challenged in this way again for another year.
But due to the secretive nature of the process, it is not known how many other Tory MPs have submitted letters.
At a meeting of the backbench 1922 Committee on Wednesday, one MP who had previously written a letter calling for a vote of no confidence withdrew it, and said the PM should now be given a chance to negotiate with the EU.
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