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Conservatives Will Save PM May Rather Than Risk an Election

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British Prime Minister Theresa May (AP)

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:00 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Following the lopsided vote of the British House of Commons on Tuesday to reject Theresa May's plan for a gradual Brexit, most observers in Britain and throughout the world immediately guessed her days as prime minister were numbered.

Apparently, however, this is not so.

Sources within May's ruling Conservative Party insisted to Newsmax — despite sharp disagreements among its more "Euroskeptic" Members of Parliament with her over how to proceed with leaving the European Union — they would almost unanimously oppose a vote of "no confidence" in the prime minister scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

"The 'no confidence' motion is unlikely to pass," Ben Harris-Quinney, president of the Bow Group, told Newsmax without hesitation.

Harris-Quinney, whose 68-year-old organization is the oldest Conservative think tank in the United Kingdom, explained "whilst many [Conservative Members of Parliament] oppose her deal, very few – if any – conservatives will give [far-left Labour Party leader Jeremy] Corbyn the opening to compete in a resulting general election."

"And neither will the DUP [Democratic Unionist Party]," he added, referring to the Conservative Party's small ally in the ruling government.

The Conservatives hold 317 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons and the DUP holds 10. Corbyn's Labour Party holds 256 seats, with the remaining 60 seats split among five smaller parties.

Should May lose a vote of confidence, it would almost certainly lead to a general election that few — if any — Conservatives want to face.

According to the latest Survation Poll conducted for the Daily Mail last week, Labour leads the Conservative Party 41-38 percent nationwide. A just-completed Kantar Poll showed Labour's edge over the Conservatives at 38-35 percent.

Unless May herself were to resign after losing a vote of confidence, the party would have to go into the next election with her as its leader. On Dec. 18, a movement among some Conservative MPs to vote no confidence in May and thus force her out as party leader fell short by a vote of 200-117.

Under party rules, there cannot be another vote on her leadership among Conservative MPs for another year.

Were May to lose the vote among the full House of Commons on Wednesday and then resign, Conservatives would begin a process of selecting a new leader.

"I would vote for [former Brexit negotiator and May critic] David Davis," Harris-Quinney told us. "But [former Foreign Secretary] Boris Johnson remains very popular with the grass roots [of the Conservative Party]."

For now, however, signs are strong Conservatives will stick with May and not have to make that choice.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Because they do not want to risk an election, British Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party insist they would almost unanimously oppose a vote of "no confidence" scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, Newsmax's John Gizzi reports.
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