The Prime Minister has been warned that the factions in her own party against her leadership have hardened over the Easter break. Speaking on BBC’s Politics Live, Sam Coates, deputy political editor for The Times, claimed those against Theresa May now believe the “only answer” is to oust the Prime Minister. He said: “The Conservative Party went away on the Easter break shattered and unsure what to do.
“If anything over the last ten days, my sense is that resolve has hardened towards those who think the only answer is to get rid of Theresa May.
“There will be a meeting later today of the 1922 Executive which is the small band which sort of represents Tory MPs to discuss whether they should change some rules.
“In all likelihood at the backend of that the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, will go to Theresa May and say ‘look, you only came up with a plan for going if you got your deal through, your deal is not going through, so you better set a date for going anyway.’
“Whether or not that process is meaningful, Theresa May often nods and you don’t really get a decision out of her when you go and tell her those kinds of things.
“I think at the moment, I think the factions inside the Conservative Party are hardening in their resolve to get rid of her.”
He added: “But, whether anything will happen this month, still remains far from clear.”
On Tuesday, Tory MP Nigel Evans called for Mrs May to step down as Prime Minister “today”.
The joint executive secretary of the 1922 Committee told the BBC Today programme the Conservatives need new leadership and that the process “can’t start soon enough”.
Mr Evans said: “To be honest I would be delighted if she announced today she was announcing her resignation and we could then have an orderly election to choose a new leader of the Conservative Party.
“I believe the only way we’re going to break this impasse properly is if we have fresh leadership of the Conservative Party.”
The Prime Minister is expected to try to bring her Brexit deal back to the Commons again to try to avoid European elections at the end of May.
On Tuesday the Government re-entered talks with the Labour Party to try to find a solution to the deadlock.
Speaking to senior ministers at Cabinet on Tuesday, Mrs May reportedly said that the talks were “serious” but that the Government side had hit difficulties over the timetable for talks.
Mrs May’s official spokesman told reporters: “The Prime Minister said discussions with Labour had been serious but had also been difficult in some areas, such as in relation to the timetable for the negotiations.
“The Prime Minister said the Government’s position was that progress needed to be made urgently as it was vital to deliver on the result of the referendum and for the UK to leave the European Union as soon as possible.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn put the blame for lack of progress on the Government’s refusal to shift on its “red lines”.
He said: “We’ll continue putting our case but quite honestly there’s got to be change in the Government’s approach.
“They cannot keep on just regurgitating what has already been emphatically rejected three times by Parliament, there’s got to be a change.”
Published at Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:12:00 +0000