Talking outdoors 10 Downing Road this morning, Mrs Could warned a change of Prime Minister would put the UK’s future in danger and will delay or halt Brexit.

She insisted she would keep on to “end the job” she has set herself as Prime Minister.

Mrs Could’s assertion happened an hour after it was confirmed the chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, had acquired the 48 letters of no confidence from Tory MPs required to set off a poll on the management.

The vote will happen between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday, with the outcome introduced quickly afterwards.

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Learn Theresa Could’s speech in full

“Sir Graham Brady has confirmed that he has acquired 48 letters from Conservative MPs so there’ll now be a vote of confidence in my management of the Conservative celebration.

“I’ll contest that vote with every thing I’ve received.

“I’ve been a member of the Conservative celebration for over 40 years.

“I’ve served it as an activist, councillor, MP, shadow minister, dwelling secretary and now as prime minister.

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“I stood to be chief as a result of I consider within the Conservative imaginative and prescient for a greater future.

“A thriving economic system, with nowhere and no one left behind.

“A stronger society, the place everybody can take advantage of their abilities.

“All the time serving the nationwide curiosity.

“And at this important second in our historical past, meaning securing a Brexit deal that delivers on the results of the EU referendum.

“Taking again management of our borders, legal guidelines and cash – however defending jobs, our safety and our valuable Union as we accomplish that.

“By way of good instances and dangerous during the last two years, my passionate perception that such a deal is attainable, {that a} shiny future lies forward for our nation, has not wavered.

“And it’s now inside our grasp.

“I spent yesterday assembly Chancellor Merkel, Prime Minister Rutte, President Tusk and President Juncker to handle the issues that MPs have with the backstop – and we’re making progress.

“I used to be attributable to journey to Dublin this afternoon to proceed that work – however will now stay right here in London to make the case for my management with my parliamentary colleagues.

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“A change of management within the Conservative celebration now will put our nation’s future in danger and create uncertainty once we can least afford it.

“A brand new Chief wouldn’t be in place by the 21st January authorized deadline, so a management election dangers handing management of the Brexit negotiations to opposition MPs in parliament.

“The brand new Chief wouldn’t have time to renegotiate a withdrawal settlement and get the laws by way of parliament by 29th March – so one among their first acts must be extending or rescinding Article 50, delaying – and even stopping – Brexit when folks need us to get on with it.

“And a management election wouldn’t change the basics of the negotiation or the Parliamentary arithmetic.

“Weeks spent tearing ourselves aside will solely create extra division, simply as we needs to be standing collectively to serve our nation.

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“None of that may be within the nationwide curiosity.

“The one folks whose pursuits could be served are Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.

“The British folks need us to get on with it. And so they need us to concentrate on the opposite very important points that matter to them too.

“Constructing a stronger economic system, delivering first-class public providers and the properties that households want.

“These are the general public’s priorities – and so they have to be the Conservative Occasion’s priorities too.

“We should – and we will – ship on the referendum vote and seize the alternatives that lie forward.

“However the Conservatives should not be a single difficulty celebration; we’re a celebration of the entire nation.

“Average, pragmatic, mainstream: dedicated to re-uniting our nation and constructing a rustic that works for everybody – the agenda I set out in my first speech outdoors this entrance door.

“Delivering the Brexit folks voted for.

“Constructing a rustic that works for everybody.

“I’ve devoted myself unsparingly to those duties ever since I turned prime minister.

“And I stand prepared to complete the job.”


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