Theresa May is set to name her departure date on Friday as the pressure mounts for her to quit. Downing Street have insisted the government will publish the PM’s revised deal tomorrow amid an angry backlash. But following the resignation of Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom, Theresa May’s position looks increasingly perilous. Mrs May
Theresa May is set to name her departure date on Friday as the pressure mounts for her to quit.
Downing Street have insisted the government will publish the PM’s revised deal tomorrow amid an angry backlash.
But following the resignation of Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom, Theresa May’s position looks increasingly perilous.
Mrs May will meet the chair of the 1922 committee Sir Graham Brady when she is expected to give a date for her resignation.
She is expected to announce her resignation, although she’ll stay as interim leader while a new PM is elected by Tory MPs and members.
Her already shaky grip on power was fatally undermined by offering the prospect of a possible second referendum and closer trading arrangements with the EU in an attempt to try and persuade Remain-supporting MPs and Labour to help her deal clear the Commons.
But those concessions triggered a revolt by some Brexit-supporting ministers including the resignation of Andrea Leadsom.
“I no longer believe that our approach will deliver on the referendum result,” Leadsom, once a challenger to May to become prime minister, said in a resignation letter.
Although hotly disputed by Number 10, a number of ministers have suggested that Mrs May’s changes to her deal went further than had been agreed by cabinet.
On Wednesday the Prime Minister was accused of barricading herself in Number 10 after she refused to meet key cabinet members including Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Scottish Secretary David Mundell.
But today it’s looking like Mrs May will be forced to meet those key figures.
Last night reports suggested the 1922 Executive had voted on whether or not to change Tory party rules to allow a new confidence vote in Theresa May .
But rather than announce the outcome they had sealed the result in an envelope.
It is understood that if Mrs May hasn’t announced a date for her resignation by Friday when she meets ’22 Chair Sir Graham Brady then the result will be declared.
“I will be meeting the prime minister on Friday following her campaigning in the European elections tomorrow and following that meeting I will be consulting with the 1922 executive,” Graham Brady told reporters.
It comes as the country heads to the polls for European elections Mrs May had insisted would not happen.
According to polling conducted between the 19th and 21st May, the Tories are headed for fifth place on just 7% while Nigel Farage’s party could gain as much as 37% of the vote.
Calls by Tory MPs for Theresa May to quit became more vocal overnight with little sign of unity as polls opened.
Bexleyheath and Crayford MP Sir David Evennett is the latest Conservative to demand Mrs May’s resignation.
He tweeted: “Theresa May must now resign. We need a new PM a new Cabinet and a new approach to Brexit.(uk mirror)