- Theresa May is refusing to step down despite a growing mutiny among senior members of Theresa May’s government.
- Formerly loyal Conservative MPs have turned against May following her speech on Tuesday offering to allow a vote on a second referendum.
- May on Wednesday refused to meet with senior members of her Cabinet wishing to express their unhappiness with her plans.
- Growing numbers of Conservative MPs want May to quit rather than hold a fourth vote on her deal.
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LONDON – Theresa May is refusing to resign as prime minister amid growing calls from senior members of her government to abandon her Brexit plans.
The government’s chief whip told the Conservative party’s ruling executive committee on Wednesday that the prime minister would not quit despite an exodus in support for her over the past 24 hours.
The 1922 Committee’s chairman Graham Brady told Conservative MPs on Wednesday evening that he would meet with the prime minister again on Friday to discuss her future.
May’s authority has rapidly deteriorated since announcing plans on Tuesday to allow MPs to vote to hold a second referendum on Brexit.
The pledge – designed to win over pro-Remain MPs who oppose her Brexit deal in its current form – riled swathes of Conservative MPs and prompted multiple calls from formerly loyal Conservative members of parliament for her resignation.
Senior members of Theresa May’s Cabinet demanded urgent meetings with the prime minister on Wednesday afternoon amid intense speculation that she is on the brink of resigning.
At least four government ministers requested meetings with the embattled prime minister on Wednesday after Conservative MPs reacted furiously to her “new” Brexit deal, government sources told Business Insider.
They included Scottish Secretary David Mundell, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, according to multiple reports. However, May refused the meetings in a sign of her precarious position in the party.
Formerly loyal allies Tom Tugendhat and Vicky Ford were among those calling on the prime minister to quit on Wednesday.
Writing in the Financial Times, Tugenhadt said the party needs a “new leader” to “inject fresh energy” into the Brexit process.
Multiple Conservative party sources told Business Insider that they expect the prime minister to resign by Monday, in the immediate aftermath of the European election results.
The Conservatives are expected to finish as low as fifth and receive their lowest ever vote share in a national poll, according to pre-election polls.