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May 22, 2019

Politics | Theresa May on the brink as she faces three separate plots to oust her

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Theresa May is being encouraged by her Party to quit within days after her Cabinet and backbenchers launched simultaneous plots to force her resignation.
Cabinet sources have speculated that Mrs May could announce her departure in a “podium moment” outside Downing Street on Monday, following what is expected to be a disastrous set of European election results for the Tories.
One Cabinet minister said it would be “better if she goes now”, while another Cabinet source said simply: “It’s over.”
Mrs May faces three separate attempts at a coup before the day is out.
A succession of Cabinet ministers is expected to visit the Prime Minister this afternoon to ask her to reconsider putting her “new Brexit deal” to a vote - tantamount to calling on her to quit.
A delegation of junior ministers has reportedly told the Chief Whip, Julian Smith, they will resign en masse if Mrs May goes ahead with the vote.
Separately, the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs will meet this afternoon to discuss changing Conservative Party rules so they can hold a fresh confidence vote in her leadership.
Loyalists are now said to be urging Mrs May to resign now with dignity, rather than suffering the humiliation of being forced out.
Mrs May’s “new Brexit deal”, announced on Tuesday, has incensed Eurosceptic Tory MPs, more than 70 of whom have publicly said they cannot vote for it if Mrs May goes ahead and puts it before Parliament next month.
It means Mrs May is facing an even bigger defeat than she suffered when she put her Brexit deal to a third “meaningful vote” in March, and several Cabinet ministers are prepared to tell Mrs May it is pointless to go ahead with the vote.
David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, will see Mrs May this afternoon to express grave reservations about her promise to give MPs a vote on whether to hold a second referendum, as he believes a second referendum could lead to the break-up of the Union.
Other ministers are expected to follow, after a meeting earlier today of the “Pizza Club” of Brexiteer ministers including Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove and Liam Fox, all of whom were absent from the front bench during Prime Minister’s Questions today.
They are expected to urge Mrs May not to put the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to a vote next month, which is tantamount to demanding her resignation as there would then be no point in Mrs May carrying on.
She has already agreed to announce the timetable of her departure regardless of whether she wins or loses next month’s vote, and pulling the vote would bring immense pressure on her to step down and give a new leader a chance to try a fresh approach.
Leadership contenders were being urged by their supporters to resign now to wash their hands of Mrs May’s deal, rather than waiting and being dragged down with the Prime Minister.
Some Tory MPs believe that if Mrs May can survive until the end of this week she will buy herself another fortnight, as Parliament will be in recess next week, making it more difficult to organise a coup against her.
However, with President Donald Trump paying a State visit that week, Mrs May would face humiliation if she was forced to resign in the middle of such a prestigious event.

Source: The Telegraph

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