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Pro-Brexit lawmakers Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker said in a joint statement that "in the national interest, she must go".
Hunt replaced Johnson as foreign minister in July and has urged the Conservative membership to set aside their differences over Brexit and unite against a common foe: the EU. If she wins, she can't be challenged again for a year.
Britain's Brexit negotiator quit May's government on Thursday in protest at her draft exit agreement, saying it did not match the promises the Conservative Party made at a 2017 election. And today, as Theresa May faces an existential threat to her premiership, a similar flaw is evident in the Tory party's leadership rules.
The European Parliament's Brexit point man, Guy Verhofstadt, could not contain a note of annoyance, tweeting: "Once again, the fate of EU-UK relations, the prosperity of businesses and citizens' rights are consumed by an internal Conservative party catfight over Europe".
After reports that some members of the European Research Group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs were claiming that enough letters had been submitted to trigger a vote, Mrs May was asked whether she had been told the threshold of 48 letters had been reached. More conciliatory candidates including Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, are also possible contenders.
However a significant mutiny could make her leadership untenable.
"We have little time, but we still have time", the German leader said.
"The government has lost control of events and is in complete disarray", said opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. Since then we have seen the pound strengthening. European Union leaders tried to stay out of the fray.
May's deal has been criticised from all sides of politics as containing compromises they can not accept.
So many British lawmakers oppose the deal on the terms of Britain's breakup and future relationship with the European Union that May postponed a planned vote in the House of Commons instead of seeing it rejected.
May's aides suggested she could step down before the next general election, if her party MPs desire, but is keen to see through the Brexit process.
"Those members who continue to disagree need to shoulder the responsibility of advocating an alternative solution that can be delivered - and do so without ducking its implications", she said.
"For as long as we fail to agree a deal, the risk of an accidental no deal increases", May told MPs.
Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform (CER) suggested May would only secure "very minor changes to her deal".
And at dinner in Brussels, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said there was "no room whatsoever for renegotiation", though he said there was room for "further clarifications and further interpretations". And he is stressing that the chief negotiators are in Brussels, not Berlin.
But 48 per cent of respondents agreed that "any other leader would have done just as badly".