Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was under immense pressure on Monday to set a date for leaving office as the price to bring Brexit-supporting rebel lawmakers in her party behind her, twice-defeated European Union divorce treaty.
At one of the most important junctures for the nation in at least a generation, British politics was located at fever pitch and, almost three years since the 2016 referendum, it was still not clear how, when or if Brexit will ever take place.
With PM May humiliated and weakened, the ministers lined up to insist that she was still in charge. She also denied a reported plot to demand she name a date to leave office at a cabinet meeting that is scheduled on Monday.
The Sun newspaper of Rupert Murdoch, said in a front page editorial that PM May must announce that she will stand down as soon as her Brexit deal gets to be approved and the United Kingdom has left the European Union .
On its front page, “Time’s up, Theresa,” the newspaper said. The newspaper said that her one chance of getting the deal approved by parliament was to name a date for her departure.
Downing Street said that May called some rebel lawmakers including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Steve Baker, and Boris Johnson to her Chequers residence this Sunday, along with ministers David Lidington and Michael Gove.
The two ministers denied the reports that they were being lined up as a possible caretaker prime minister.
A spokesperson stated: “The meeting discussed a range of issues, including whether there is sufficient support in the Commons to bring back a meaningful vote (for her deal) this week,”
May was told by Brexiteers at the meeting that she must set out a timetable to leave office if she wants to get her deal ratified, Buzzfeed reporter Alex Wickham said on Twitter.
The Sun’s political editor, Tom Newton Dunn, said some ministers were urging May to pivot to a no-deal Brexit as the only way to survive in power.
Pm May’s deal was defeated by 149 votes on the 12th of March and by 230 votes on last 15.