Theresa May has vowed to fight a vote of no confidence in her premiership, warning restive Tory MPs that toppling her could result in Brexit chaos.

A secret ballot will run between 6pm and 8pm after Conservative backbench leader Sir Graham Brady announced he had received the necessary 48 letters to trigger a no-confidence vote in the prime minister.

Ms May endured a brutal prime minister’s questions clash, where she faced calls to resign over the chaos ahead of tonight’s vote. If she loses, the Conservative party will immediately start seeking a new leader.

The drama comes after Ms May shelved a crunch Commons vote on her Brexit deal on Monday in the face of near-certain defeat

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