The Sunday Times reported, that the top ministers of Theresa May the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, are moving to oust her within days. This comes as her Brexit strategy lay in tatters weeks before the United Kingdom was scheduled to leave the European Union officially.
If PM May is removed from her position, Brexit would be pushed into doubt. It is not clear how, when and even if the United Kingdom will actually leave the European Union.
PM May voted to stay in the European Union and won the top job in the chaos after the 2016 referendum. She had promised to deliver Brexit, however, she undermined her premiership with a botched snap election a year later which cost her party its parliamentary majority.
The Brexit divorce deal that she struck with the bloc last November has been overwhelmingly rejected twice by lawmakers in Britain.
The Sunday Times quoted 11 unidentified senior ministers and said that they had agreed that the prime minister should stand down. They warned that she has already become an erratic and toxic figure whose judgments has “gone haywire.”
The Sunday Times quoted an unidentified minister as stating: “The end is nigh. She will be gone in 10 days.”
A second unidentified minister was cited by the newspaper as saying: “Her judgment has started to go haywire. You can’t be a member of the cabinet who just puts your head in the sand.”
The Sunday Times reported that David Lidington, the de-facto deputy of PM May, is considered as one of the contenders to be the interim prime minister, however, others are pushing for Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary or Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary.
The newspaper said that the cabinet ministers are set to confront May on Monday. However, if she refuses to step down, the ministers would threaten to resign.
The Mail on Sunday reported that Gove was the consensus candidate among the cabinet ministers who believe that Lidington is too pro-EU. However, eurosceptic lawmakers also expressed their scepticism regarding the Leave-backing Gove.
Steve Baker of the eurosceptic European Research Group (ERG) stated: “I’m advised (Michael Gove) would also go for Customs Union plus single market with Labour votes.
“Problems with that… Next.”
The Sunday Telegraph also reported that Nicky Morgan, the former education minister who voted remain, was considered to be popular among various prominent pro-Leave lawmakers as a “unity candidate” to be a successor of PM May.
The office of the British Prime Minister declined to comment regarding the matter.