The Prime Minister is being pushed to the door by her fellow Conservative Party members, who are today set to tell her she may go through a new confidence vote on June 12 if she doesn’t agree to leave before the summer. Mrs May promised in December to stand down after delivering Brexit – but as the end of the parliamentary deadlock is not yet in sight, the powerful backbencher committee fears the Prime Minister may hold to her seat until October 31, the day the UK will formally leave the European Union.
And with the swift surge of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in opinion polls ahead of the European elections, many Tories are fearing the Conservative Party may be humiliated on May 23 unless they indicate the end of Mrs May’s leadership.
Committee treasurer Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown told the Press Association: “It would be infinitely preferable if she set a date rather than us force her out.
“It’s better that she does it than we have a vote of confidence.
“What I would like to see is her set out a timetable to trigger a leadership contest.”
The committee met last month to discuss whether to change the current rules regarding the leadership bid, which prevent the party from challenging the leader more than once every 12 months.
At present, Mrs May cannot be challenged again as leader until December.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen told the Press Association: “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.”
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8.30am update: No deal is better than no Brexit, says Liz Truss
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss said she would prefer a no-deal exit from the EU to revoking Brexit.
Ms Truss told BBC2’s Newsnight: “If we face a straight choice between revoking Brexit and no dealing, we have to no deal.
“It’s a matter of trust. The people expect us to have already left the EU.
“And if we haven’t done that by October 31 I fear there will be real consequences and not just for our politics, but also, for our economy.”
8.09am update: Theresa May facing backlash for considering holding Brexit vote as Donald Trump visits UK
The Government is considering putting the Brexit legislation to a vote on the first week of June, despite Donald Trump is visiting the UK on the same week, between June 3 and 5.
This has sparked harsh criticism among the Conservative Party.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, a former aide in the Ministry of Defence and Brexiteer Tory MP, said: “I wanted Mrs May to vote on the Withdrawal Bill but it does seem odd to bring it back in the midst of an important but possibly difficult visit by the US president and to distract from the extraordinary commitment and sacrifice of so many veterans for the 75th anniversary.”