A British Conservative Party politician has warned the Prime Minister that former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s leadership ambitions threaten her role.
Speaking to BBC’s Panorama, Tory MP Anna Soubry told Nick Robinson that Theresa May’s future is at risk.
“She’s got Boris Johnson now breathing down her neck,” Soubry said. “And I think the thing Theresa really has a problem with is she’s also in a position now where she’s pickled off everybody.”
In an article in The Telegraph, Johnson urged the PM to go back to the drawing board, describing her proposals as a “constitutional abomination”. He said, “for the first time since 1066, our leaders were deliberately acquiescing in foreign rule”.
Her comment came after Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg warned the PM not to hold a Commons showdown on the Chequers plan.
Rees-Mogg told the BBC’s Panorama: “This is the sort of Dirty Harry option isn’t it, it’s ‘come on punk make my day, how many shots have been fired?”
“If you make the wrong choice the consequences can be unpleasant.” He said, noting that it would be “foolish to put the plan to a vote because Chequers would find it had very little support.”
Earlier this week, May told the BBC’s Panorama programme that MPs will have a choice between her proposed deal with the EU or no deal at all.
“The alternative to [Chequers] will be not having a deal,” May said.
David Davis, May’s former Brexit secretary, also told BBC’s Panorama that Chequers was a sign “we’d blinked first.”
“We conceded that we would stay under EU rules, not just today, not just today’s rules but in the future.” Davis said while calling the PM’s Chequers “worse than common sense”.
Michael Heseltine, the British Conservative politician and businessman told Good Morning Britain hosts on Monday that Brexit is “the worst mistake we have made in 50 years,” and it “must be done.”