With Her Cabinet In Crisis, Here’s How Theresa May May Be Ousted

They’re dropping like flies…

Infographic: Davis joins growing list of Conservative departures | Statista

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Following the resignations of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis within hours of one another (as well a number of junior ministers), UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been left exposed as the head of an increasingly divided Conservative Party.

Below, Reuters’ Andrew MacAskill  explains how May could be removed from office if she has to face a leadership challenge:

What needs to happen for there to be a leadership contest?

A leadership challenge can be triggered if 15 percent of members of parliament in May’s Conservative Party write a letter to the chairman of the party’s so-called “1922 committee”.

The Conservatives currently have 316 members of parliament (MPs) so 48 of them would need to write such letters to challenge May.

Once that threshold has been reached, the chairman will announce the start of the contest and invite nominations.

Could this happen to May?

The chairman of the 1922 committee is the only person who will know exactly how many members of parliament have submitted letters of no confidence.

But some eurosceptic members of parliament have started submitting letters to the committee chairman in protest over her Brexit negotiating strategy.

What will happen during a no confidence vote?

If a no confidence vote is called then all serving Conservative members of parliament will be able to cast a vote for or against the serving leader.

If May wins any confidence vote she remains in office. If she loses, she is obliged to resign and barred from standing in the leadership election that follows.

How quickly can a no confidence vote take place?

In the last no confidence vote against a sitting Conservative leader in 2003, the chairman of the 1922 committee announced he had received enough letters to trigger a vote on Oct. 28 and the vote was held the next day.

What would happen if May lost the no confidence vote?

If May lost a no confidence vote then there would be a leadership contest.

If several names are put forward to lead the party, then a vote is held among Conservative MPs using the first past the post system to whittle down the field with the candidate with the fewest votes removed. Another ballot among Conservative lawmakers is then held until two candidates remain.

The final two nominees are then put to a ballot of the wider Conservative Party membership with the winner named the new leader.

Following David Cameron’s decision to step down as prime minister and Conservative leader after the EU referendum in 2016, five candidates put their names forward.

The field was narrowed to May and then junior minister Andrea Leadsom but she pulled out of the race before members voted, leaving May to become leader unopposed.

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Finally, we note that, as a recent YouGov poll shows, even before this weekend’s events, the majority of the public felt Brexit was ‘going badly’. 

Infographic: Brexit is 'going badly' - who's to blame? | Statista

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Taking the most blame for this, as our chart shows, is indeed the government with 68 percent of respondents pointing their fingers in this direction. The second most popular target is the EU, but the team on the other side of the negotiating table only attracted 37 percent of the shared blame.

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