Senior members from Britain’s ruling Conservative party will deliver Prime Minister Theresa May an ultimatum on Thursday, demanding she name a date to step down or face a new confidence vote by the party’s lawmakers.
May, who is also Conservative party leader, is expected to meet the executive of the party’s 1922 Committee, which organises votes for party leadership and is composed of Conservative members of parliament’s elected main house, the Commons.
“If she does not give a date for leaving her post, the senior Conservatives will tell her she faces a possible confidence vote by the party’s lawmakers on June 12,’’ the Conservative-aligned Daily Telegraph reported.
May has promised to step down if she can secure parliamentary approval for the deal she has negotiated for Britain to leave the European Union.
Her Conservative allies continued to back her, with Justice Secretary David Gauke warning that changing the leader would not solve the party’s problems over Brexit.
“The idea that if we change the prime minister, suddenly the parliamentary arithmetic becomes significantly different, I think, is a nonsense.
“Some of those who seem to be pushing for a change ought to be aware that they’re not going to be well placed to achieve a majority in the House of Commons by any means,’’ Gauke told Sky News.
May announced plans on Tuesday to ask parliament to approve the implementation of her Brexit deal in early June, following talks with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Many pro-Brexit Conservatives criticised her talks with Labour.
Lawmakers have on three occasions rejected the deal that May has negotiated with the EU.