UK PM May says leadership challenge threshold not met 'as far as I know'

File photo of British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team London, UK Nov 18, 2018, 04.49 PM (IST)

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday rejected reports that hinted on a no-confidence motion against her.

May said that as far as she was aware, a formal challenge to her leadership had not yet gained enough support to trigger a confidence vote.

"As far as I know, no, it has not," May told Sky News, when asked if the threshold had been met for a formal leadership contest. 

Earlier reports had suggested that the Prime Minister may face a no-confidence vote next week.

Media reports had said that the Conservative lawmakers would submit the 48 letters required to trigger a leadership contest.

Citing Brexiteer sources, Telegraph Chief Political Correspondent Christopher Hope had also tweeted that May could face the no-confidence vote on Tuesday.

Some lawmakers in Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party have said they have submitted letters of no confidence in the British leader.

A leadership challenge is triggered if 48 Conservatives write such letters to the chairman of the party's so-called 1922 committee.

May could be toppled if 158 of her 315 lawmakers vote against her.

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'As far as I know, no, it has not,' Theresa May told Sky News when asked if the threshold had been met for a formal leadership contest.