He says that his colleagues are “perfectly within their rights” to call for Mrs May’s resignation following her failed “roll of the dice” earlier this year, which lost her party its majority in the House of Commons. He went on to suggest that up to 30 MPs shared his view, including members of the cabinet, bringing opposition to Mrs May ever closer to the threshold of 48 required to trigger a leadership election through the 1922 committee.
Some are sceptical of moves to oust Mrs May. Nadine Dorries, the Eurosceptic Tory MP, tweeted that “the plot is by Remain MPs to topple the PM, destroy Boris and put a Remain leader in place to delay and possibly destroy Brexit”.
But given the concessions Mrs May has made thus far to Remainers, Hammond and Rudd, and the prospect of deeper surrender to Brussels now that the conference has been and gone, it is becoming less clear what Brexiteers have to lose from a change in leadership. If the wheels are already in motion to replace the leader of the Conservative Party, shouldn’t Brexiteers be thinking ahead to a historic chance to take Downing Street?
In a showdown between a pro-Remain and pro-Leave candidate, sensible Conservative party members will opt overwhelmingly for the Brexiteer. Even Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley Johnson, one time MEP and pro-Remainer, came out in favour of our exit from the European Union this week. His intervention points to the shifting tide of support in the Conservative Party. Isn’t it time for the UK to get a patriotic Brexit Prime Minister to lead us successfully out of the corrupt European Union?