Britain's PM facing possible leadership review over Brexit

By The Associated Press
November 15, 2018 - 7:49am

LONDON — A leader of the pro-Brexit faction in Britain's Conservative Party has confirmed that he's filed a letter of no-confidence in British Prime Minister Theresa May and that he thinks former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would be a strong candidate to replace her.

Speaking outside Parliament, Jacob Rees-Mogg said he expected enough letters to be sent to the committee that oversees Conservative leadership elections to trigger a challenge to May's leadership.

Under party rules, a no-confidence vote takes place if 15 per cent of Conservative lawmakers write to the 1922 Committee asking for one. That number stands at 48.

Rees-Mogg's letter is likely to spur others to do the same, especially from the European Research Group of Brexit-supporting backbenchers that he leads.

Rees-Mogg identified former Johnson and former Brexit Secretary David Davis as potential leaders, among others.

He said a leadership contest could take place in weeks.

Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019.