Theresa May’s hours might be counted amid increased pressure for her to resign

epa07226818 British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Houses of Parliament after a Confidence Vote in London, Britain, 12 December 2018. Theresa May faces a challenge to her leadership on 12 December 2018 after 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered to the Chariman of the 1922 Committee. May will find out her future after Conservative Members of Parliament vote between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT later in the evening. EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

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The Telegraph reports that Sajid Javid has demanded a meeting with Theresa May to tell her he cannot support her new Brexit deal as it stands as pressure continues to grow on the Prime Minister to quit.

Even the BBC carries a report quoting its political editor saying that Home Secretary Sajid Javid has asked to see the PM to push her to remove the second referendum vote requirement contained in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

The report says that the Home Secretary is one of two Cabinet ministers who are thought to have asked to see Mrs May in Downing Street after a full-scale Tory revolt over her updated divorce deal. David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, has also asked for a sit down with Mrs May. 

“The pair are believed to share the same main concern about the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, namely that it includes a commitment to deliver a second Brexit referendum if MPs vote in favour of holding one,” the report says.

Even the Independent reports on the matter saying that “Senior Tories have told Theresa May “it is time to go” as her desperate attempts to woo Labour and Tory MPs to her Brexit plan floundered.”

The Daily Mail reports “Theresa May is facing the threat of an all-out Tory mutiny tonight as ministers desert her and senior MPs warn she needs to go’. Cabinet is mobilising to stop the PM pressing ahead with her Brexit Bill after she sparked a furious backlash by offering to hold a vote on a second referendum. The so-called ‘Pizza Club’ of Eurosceptic ministers – including Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom – met this morning at short notice to discuss the situation. A senior source said there was a growing consensus that the Bill should not be brought to the Commons.”

Conservative Members of Parliament cannot use the party’s formal process to challenge May until December because they tried and failed to oust her in December 2018.

Reuters explains that the rules of the process state that May is immune to further challenge for 12 months from the date of any failed leadership challenge.

It is possible for the committee which represents Conservative lawmakers – known as the 1922 Committee – to change the rules of the process, but they have so far chosen not to do so.

Via The Telegraph, The Independent, BBC, Reuters, The Daily Mail

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