ITV’s Robert Peston has claimed that there is an “operation” underway to oust Theresa May as Prime Minister.
One Tory Brexiteer MP told him: “I’m campaigning myself. We need 60-70 letters, not 48…I know people who are putting letters in today. I think we are the closest ever to her going and I think, thank God, this could be it”.
48 letters would see a no confidence vote in May, with Peston himself describing the week ahead as “maximum vulnerability for the PM” – though he says a big weakness for the Brexiteers is a lack of figurehead for MPs to rally behind as an alternative.
David Davis has been touted as an interim PM – but some are said to dislike him.
It feels as though something has to give. Either Brexiteers will challenge the Prime Minister – or they will stand by as she continues on down her Chequers path.