Tories urge Theresa May to say she will quit within weeks over Brexit mess at 1922 Committee

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TORY grandees have told Theresa May to say she’ll quit within weeks when she addresses all Conservative MPs tomorrow.

Their shop steward Sir Graham Brady summoned the PM to a pivotal showdown of all Tory ministers and backbenchers at 5pm.

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1922 Commitee boss Sir Graham Brady told the PM she should lay out a timetable to go before summer on a one-to-one meeting in No10[/caption]

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Senior Tories have urged Theresa May to say she’ll quit within weeks when she addresses all Conservative MPs
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The 1922 Committee boss held a one-on-one meeting with Mrs May in No10 which all her aides were excluded from, The Sun can reveal.

During it, Sir Graham told her it is now the overwhelming view of Tory MPs that she lay out a timetable to go before the summer.

At the same time, in a resignation pact being brokered by former Tory leader Iain Duncan-Smith, a series of Brexit hardliners revealed they were now ready to pass her EU exit deal as soon as on Thursday.

Sir Graham told allies: “The PM knows the first question on everyone’s lips tomorrow. It would be strange for her not to have an answer to it”.

It would be really advisable if she set out a timetable for her departure in order that she can focus minds to get something agreeable over the line


Nigel Evans, 1922 Committee secretary

The Sun can also reveal that Sir Graham and the other five other senior officers of the 1922 committee’s executive – dubbed the Men in Grey Suits – met in secret late on Monday night in the Commons.

It is believed it was there that they agreed on the ultimatum for the PM, after Tory anger exploded over her loss of control over Brexit.

1922 Committee secretary Nigel Evans told The Sun last night: “I’m really pleased the Prime Minister is coming to address the ‘22.

“It would be really advisable if she set out a timetable for her departure in order that she can focus minds to get something agreeable over the line. It would then allow her to look at her legacy and say to the country ‘I delivered on Brexit’.”


Ahead of another momentous day in Westminster tomorrow:

  • MPs rushed to carve up Brexit as at least 15 alternatives outcomes were tabled for a historic Commons power grab and up to 30 Remain ministers demanded a ‘free vote’ on it.
  • Leading hardliners Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg publicly signalled last night they were also ready to back Mrs May’s Brexit deal for the first time,
  • Civil war erupted among the arch-Tory Eurosceptics over what to do, as members of the 60-strong European Research Group traded blows on their private WhatsApp group.
  • Four vacant ministerial slots were left unfilled, as Downing Street struggled to identify Tory MPs who would vow loyalty to the PM after so many recent resignations.

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‘THANK YOU FOR YOUR CANDOUR’

No10 remained tight-lipped on what the PM would say tomorrow.

Even her most senior aides were left in the dark, speculating that she would only decide what to say to the 1922 Committee overnight after talking it through with husband and closest political confidante Philip May.

One Brexiteer who met the PM for a one-to-one meeting yesterday told her she had to announce her departure.

She replied: “Thank you for your candour.”

The MP said she “made clear” she will offer her resignation at the 1922 committee tomorrow night – but only if she knows the deal will pass.

Mrs May has “given permission” to ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith to spread the message of her willingness to resign, the MP said.

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Theresa May has ‘given permission’ to Ian Duncan-Smith to spread the message that she is willing to resign as Prime Minister[/caption]

One former loyalist minister who now wants the PM to quit warned: “The problem is, Theresa is getting the wrong advice from the wrong people.

“She doesn’t have a kitchen Cabinet of senior ministers, just her special advisers – people like Gavin Barwell and Robbie Gibb.

“They have a vested interest in persuading her to stay, or they’re all out of a job.”

Cheered by ERG defections, the Cabinet yesterday agreed to try to press ahead with a third and final Meaningful Vote on the Brexit deal on Thursday if the numbers are close.

The ERG’s chairman and figurehead, Jacob Rees-Mogg, delivered a major boost to Mrs May by becoming the first to declare he’s likely to switch.

Mr Rees-Mogg declared: “The choice seems to be Mrs May’s deal or no Brexit”.

Another switching ERG member, Daniel Kawczynski, said a “trickle” towards the PM had become a “flow”.

We Brexiteers are playing with fire, and we could get very, very burnt if this deal doesn’t get through


Daniel Kawczynski, ERG member

The Tory MP added: “We Brexiteers are playing with fire, and we could get very, very burnt if this deal doesn’t get through”.

Other switching ERG members lashed out at their diehard deputy chair Steve Baker in their private WhatsApp group.

Mr Baker urged the group not to give in, insisting the choice was between “self government or subjection, liberty or not”.

But Nigel Evans hit back at him: “Or a customs union Steve. You know that’s where we are heading, and that is worse than staying in the EU”.

The support of the DUP was still in the balance, with a split also emerging among the 10 Ulster unionist MPs.

The DUP’s Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson called for a long Brexit delay over backing Mrs May’s ‘toxic’ deal, but party chiefs slapped him down to say they will still “judge all proposals and scenarios on the basis of our objectives to maintain the integrity of the United Kingdom”.

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It is believed Sir Graham Brady and Theresa May agreed on the ultimatum for her[/caption]

A group of hardline Brexiteers wrote to the PM questioning her right to delay Britain’s EU withdrawal.

They were said to be considering legal action over her “unlawful” use of the Royal Prerogative and a breach of the Vienna Convention, which sets out the right of countries to unilaterally leave international treaties.

And ironically the letter – signed by four senior Tory MPs – referenced the anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller case to back up their “serious legal objections” to the extension.

They said Mrs Miller’s successful court challenge that forced the PM to pass an Act of Parliament before triggering Article 50 must also apply to extension.

The Pound climbed on the news of the ERG defections yesterday, rising to $1.32 against the US dollar.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith came clean for the first time about conversations he and fellow Brexiteers have had with Mrs May about setting a departure date.

He told a Times Plus event that her future was discussed in “implicit terms” when seven Brexiteers met her at Chequers on Sunday.


He said her announcing a departure date today would “help” several Tory rebels vote for the deal but said that date would need to be “sooner rather than later”.

In a boost for Mrs May he said there was a “very good chance” her deal would pass the Commons but refused to reveal how he would vote.

He said he was “in the middle of talking to people” and cryptically he added: “There are reasons why I can’t pursue that answer.”

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Ian Duncan Smith told a Times Plus event that May’s future was discussed in ‘implicit terms’ when seven Brexiteers met her at Chequers on Sunday[/caption]

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Jacob Rees-Mogg delivered a major boost to Theresa May by claiming he is likely to back her deal[/caption]

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Hardliner Boris Johnson also publicly signalled he is ready to her Brexit deal[/caption]

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