London, 23 April 2019 (MIA/dpa) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of her chief lawmakers early on Tuesday as politicians return from the Easter break, local media reported.
The cabinet meeting comes amid widespread dissatisfaction within her Conservative party over the prime minister’s handling of Brexit, which was initially scheduled for March 29 and then pushed back to April 12 and now October 31 as May failed to get her deal through parliament.
Cabinet will gather as cross-party talks continue between May’s Conservatives and the Labour Party to break the Brexit deadlock, the Press Association reported late Monday.
Earlier in the day, news broke that the prime minister could face a confidence vote after local Conservative association chiefs signed a petition calling for a vote on her leadership.
It followed reporting by the Sunday Times newspaper that May’s party will in the next few days tell her to quit by June or face a renewed attempt to oust her.
Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 Committee, is to tell May that 70 per cent of Conservative parliamentarians want her to resign over her handling of Brexit, the paper wrote.
May survived a confidence vote on her leadership in December and under party rules cannot be challenged again for another year. But there are rumours Conservatives could change the rules to allow another challenge.
The prime minister has already offered to resign should parliamentarians back her deal.