Lawmakers will try to impeach British Prime Minister Truss this week, reports the Daily Mail

OCTOBER 16 (Reuters) – (This story was rewritten on October 16 to change the name to Brady in the fifth paragraph)

British lawmakers will try to oust Prime Minister Liz Truss this week despite a Downing Street warning that could lead to a general election, the Daily Mail reports.

The tabloid newspaper, citing unnamed sources, reported that more than 100 MPs belonging to the ruling Conservative Party are ready to submit letters of no-confidence from Truss to Graham Brady, chair of the Conservative Party committee that organizes the leadership contest.

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Britain, mired in a political crisis, has lost three prime ministers since it voted to leave the European Union in 2016.

The report said MPs would urge Brady to tell Truss her “time is up” or change political party rules to allow an immediate vote of confidence in her leadership.

The report added that Brady is resisting the move, arguing that Truss, along with newly appointed chancellor Jeremy Hunt, deserve an opportunity to put an economic strategy into budget on Oct. 31.

Separately, The Times reported that some lawmakers have held secret discussions about replacing Truss with a new leader.

Truss, who won the leadership of the Conservative Party last month after promising to cut taxes, is fighting for her political survival after dropping key parts of the programme. Read more

The chaos angered the party, which lags behind the opposition Labor Party in opinion polls. Read more

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Anirudh Saligrama coverage in Bengaluru; Editing by Deepa Babington and Will Dunham

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