LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May has been left exposed at the top of a government unable to unite over Britain’s plans to leave the European Union, after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis quit within hours of each other. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks as she is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, July 5 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt Below is an explanation of 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 … [Read more...] about How does a leadership challenge to a UK prime minister work?
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Low income Scots hold the keys to Downing Street, according to an influential think tank. A report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation says Scots living on less than £20,000 a year “will likely determine” whether Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn is the next prime minister. And if the SNP can galavanise support in this group, it’s thought the nationalists could hold the balance of power at Westminster. The findings underline how Scottish politics is on a knife-edge, with eight of the 20 most marginal seats situated north of the Border. The report by Professor Matthew Goodwin and Professor Oliver Heath analysed the results of the 2015 and 2017 elections, as well as the independence and Brexit referendums. It concludes: “There are good reasons for the main parties to think seriously about how to win over voters in Scotland, in particular low-income voters, who are increasingly a key battleground in Scottish and British politics more widely.” … [Read more...] about Scotland’s poorest voters can determine who is the next UK prime minister
Why has Theresa May gone to China? The Prime Minister is seeking to build on the initiative launched under David Cameron to create a “Golden Era” of Anglo-Chinese relations with better business, diplomatic, political and cultural ties. She will hold talks on the finance, hi-tech, and energy sectors, as well as the creative industries, infrastructure, food and life sciences. Why is this important? With Brexit looming, opening up new overseas markets is crucial for Britain, especially if trade with the EU takes a hit. China offers the prospect of huge new business opportunities for UK firms, with its fast-expanding middle class, as well as being a major source of tourism for Britain. How fast is the Chinese middle class growing? More than 75 percent of China’s urban consumers will be middle class by 2022, according to a report by consulting firm McKinsey & Co, compared to four per cent in 2000. This would be around 550 million people, making the Chinese middle … [Read more...] about Why is Theresa May in China? UK Prime Minister’s visit explained
SINCE the last General Election in 2017 there have been plenty of voices asking for another one.Theresa May lost her majority in the snap election but is still Prime Minister. Here’s everything you need to know about how a general elections actually work.A General Election is the chance for people in the UK to select an MP to represent their local area in the House of Commons.Normally there will be several candidates standing to be MP in each constituency, many of which will representing various political parties such as Labour or the Conservatives.The General Election vote will also determine who will be elected as the UK Prime Minister.The last General Election was held on June 8, 2017.A snap election is an election that happens earlier than it usually expected.The next general election was not scheduled to take place until 2020 as the last one was held in 2015. Typically they are held every five years.Theresa May said, ahead of the last snap election, that an early election … [Read more...] about What is a general election, how is the Prime Minister elected and who’s allowed to vote in the UK?
The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to undergo a reshuffle on Monday after a series of high-profile departures. According to government sources, several high-profile ministers should expect to be axed. While May did not comment on the reshuffle directly, she told the BBC on Sunday that "some changes do have to be made," and a Labour Party MP, citing information from colleagues in May's Conservative Party, told French news agency AFP that she would make the changes Monday. Ministers resign amid numerous scandals The news comes after May's confidante and Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green was forced to resign last month over a pornography scandal. Shortly before, Defense Minister Michael Fallon and International Development Minister Priti Patel stepped down in separate controversies. Fallon resigned in November amid wider sexual harassment allegations in Westminster, while Patel was forced to quit due to unauthorized meetings in Israel. Key … [Read more...] about UK Prime Minister Theresa May expected to reshuffle Cabinet