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What I Learned From Parliament's Confidence Vote

The country woke up yesterday morning to find that the Conservative Party finally reached the 48 letter threshold needed by the 1922 committee to trigger a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister, Theresa May. This came after months of speculation, resignations and days of outrage over the cancelled meaningful vote on the PM’s Brexit deal, which was overwhelmingly unsupported by MPs on both sides. 

The news cycle was laced with panic and urgency, with backbenchers and MPs such as Jacob Rees-Mogg rallying against the Prime Minister and cabinet members such as Sajid Javid giving her their full support to deal with the European Union and re-attempt at negotiations with the EU. However, the PM’s attempt to buy time could have cost her the leadership role at a critical stage in the country’s political future if other MPs besides Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg were ready and willing to take on the impossible: getting the EU to renegotiate and Parliament to agree.