May’s long weekend as she fights to survive
THERESA May will decide on Monday whether to delay the crunch Brexit vote amid intense pressure.
Several ministers have warned her she is heading for a heavy defeat and urged her to seek fresh concessions from Brussels. They say if she loses the vote by a large margin it will prove fatal for her leadership – and open the door to a softer ‘Norway-style’ Brexit.
Last night it was claimed she had been warned by several Brexit-backing aides that they are prepared to resign on Tuesday unless there are major changes to her deal. Junior Trade Secretary Mike Wood said he would quit and join leavesupporting backbenchers unless changes were made.
It is understood that other junior ministers have made similar representations and more were considering their positions. In public, Downing Street continued to insist yesterday that the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement would go ahead as planned.
Aides said she would ‘take stock’ over the weekend.
After a final media blitz over the next 48 hours, Mrs May will then sit down with her inner circle on Monday to make the call. Chief Whip Julian Smith will present her with the number of Tory MPs on whose support she can rely. In recent weeks more than 100 Tory MPs have signalled their opposition.
Pressure: Theresa May