Conservative MPs launch fresh bid to oust Theresa May as she heads for final Brexit defeat
Senior Conservative MPs will tell Theresa May to stand down by June today or face a change to leadership rules which could see her ousted.
The prime minister has tried to buy more time by promising to hold a vote on key Brexit legislation in early June, but colleagues have little
Talks with the opposition Labour party continue to produce no results.
In a further blow to the prime minister’s near-vanished authority, her formerly loyal advisor Nick Timothy said called for her to step down.
LONDON — Theresa May faces a fresh bid to oust her as prime minister on Thursday as senior Conservative backbenchers demand that she reveals her resignation date.
May will meet the executive of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, led by Sir Graham Brady at 11.30 am (BST) where she will be told to quit within weeks, Bloomberg reported.
The group will urge May to resign before June 15, and if she refuses to accept that timetable, they could move to change the rules which would allow MPs to hold another confidence vote in her leadership.
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen, who supports Brexit, said: “I would like to see the 22 give her a timetable to stand down.
“And, if she does not accept that timetable, tell her we will have another vote of confidence after the European elections.”
Current party rules mean that May cannot be challenged again as leader until December after a failed coup before Christmas last year.
Other MPs think Theresa May should step down directly after the European elections which are being held next week, and where the Conservatives’ failure to deliver Brexit is widely expected to see them heavily punished by voters, according to recent polls. A Survation poll this week suggested the Conservatives are set to pick up just 12% of the vote.
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