May steps down amid backlash over the ‘mishandling’ of the Brexit process

May steps down amid backlash over the ‘mishandling’ of the Brexit process

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Boris Johnson may be the Tories’ best hope, The biggest threat to HIS leadership bid IS Boris himself

Boris Johnson may be the Tories’ best hope, The biggest threat to HIS leadership bid IS Boris himself

The biggest threat to Boris’s leadership bid could be Boris himself//JAMES FOSYTHThe biggest threat to Boris’s leadership bid could be Boris himself//JAMES FOSYTH

The worse things are for the Tories, the better for Boris Johnson. If the Tories were ahead in the polls, he’d have little hope of becoming leader. MPs would choose someone more clubbable, less divisive, and more interested in them personally: who didn’t annoy so many of them so much. But Tory MPs are now contemplating an existential crisis. Tory voters are defecting en masse to Nigel Farage’s Brexit party. The Conservative party’s survival may well turn on winning these voters back, and the former foreign secretary — the tribune of Leave, the buccaneering Brexiteer, the darling of the grassroots — is the most obvious person to do that. Suddenly, Boris is back and in contention for the leadership again. The question now is: can he do what it takes to win? Continue reading Boris Johnson may be the Tories’ best hope, The biggest threat to HIS leadership bid IS Boris himself

Theresa May Told Her Time Is Up, Got upset

Theresa May Told Her Time Is Up, Got upset

Boris Johnson Is Slim, Trimmed and Ready to Fight for Power

The meeting was tense and at one point Theresa May was visibly upset. But by its conclusion, forced by her own party, she’d agreed to set a timeline to quit as U.K. prime minister.

The premier spent more than an hour in her office behind the Speaker’s chair in the House of Commons, locked in discussions with a panel of the most powerful rank-and-file members of Parliament in her Conservative Party as she sought to buy time for her failing leadership so she could get her Brexit deal approved by the chamber, which has thrice rejected it.

After the rest of the panel — called the 1922 Committee — had filed out, May and its chairman, Graham Brady, hammered out a joint statement. Under the terms, May will try one last time to get the Brexit deal approved in a vote in Parliament at the beginning of June. After that, regardless of the outcome, she’ll meet again with Brady to chart her departure. Continue reading Theresa May Told Her Time Is Up, Got upset

Prime Minister Theresa May ‘in tears’ as she is forced to say when she will quit

Prime Minister Theresa May ‘in tears’ as she is forced to say when she will quit

Boris Johnson threw his hat into the ring yesterday, saying he would ‘go for it’ referring to the Tory party leadership

Theresa May was said to have had tears in her eyes as she was told MPs have run out of patience for her to announce her departure date. The Prime Minister has been fighting to keep her Brexit deal alive and prolong her position, but her grip on power has weakened.

She has been told she must go by June 30 at the latest so that the Tories can hold a leadership election. Campaigning for that job has effectively already begun with Boris Johnson announcing yesterday that he would ‘go for it’. She met with senior members of the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs in what has been described as an ’emotionally-charged’ meeting yesterday. Mrs May’s chances of receiving Labour support for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) appear to be fading, with Jeremy Corbyn’s party frustrated at the lack of progress in cross-party talks and the prospect of a new prime minister tearing up any compromise. Continue reading Prime Minister Theresa May ‘in tears’ as she is forced to say when she will quit

Theresa May’s party slumps to fifth place as pressure mounts for her to go

Theresa May’s party slumps to fifth place as pressure mounts for her to go

“We are at real risk of sleepwalking into remaining in the EU,” Brexit Secretary Steven Barclay wrote in the Sun newspaper.

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives have fallen to fifth place in an opinion poll ahead of the May 23 European parliamentary election as pressure grows for her to set a date for her own departure.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party was in the lead, up four percentage points, on 34% while May’s Conservative Party had just 10%, the YouGov poll for the Times newspaper showed. The opposition Labour Party was down five points on 16%.

Two parties which support staying in the EU, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens, were on 15% and 11% respectively.

The collapse in support for the Conservative Party is piling pressure on May to set a date for her departure. Senior Conservatives want May to set out her plans this week. Continue reading Theresa May’s party slumps to fifth place as pressure mounts for her to go