UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday vowed to fight for her draft Brexit agreement with the European Union, dismissing speculation that she could be ousted from her position.
“I understand fully that there are some who are unhappy with those compromises but this deal delivers what people voted for and it is in the national interest,” she said.
Her remarks came on the back of a string of ministerial resignations, which then sparked speculation of a possible vote of no confidence from Tory MPs.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey both quit their roles earlier along with two junior ministers to protests May’s withdrawal agreement.
Backbench Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg handed in a letter of no confidence in May to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Tories’ backbench 1922 Committee.
For a vote of no confidence to be triggered, 48 Tory MPs would have to write letters to Sir Graham.
In her address on Thursday, May said the UK needed to move forward with the Brexit deal to avoid any unforeseen consequences.
“If we do not move forward with that agreement nobody can know for sure, the consequences that will follow.
“It will be to take a path of deep and grave uncertainty when the British people just want us to get on with it. They are looking to the Conservative Party to deliver.”