PRIME Minister Theresa May has been given up until 4pm today to plan out a “road map” to her resignation as leader of the Tories – or be forced to accept one made for her.
Mrs May was forced to admit yesterday that the Britain would be taking part in the European elections despite claiming that it would not happen for months.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers, set out the plans last night as backbenchers patience wore thin with the Prime Minister.
It is thought that Sir Graham has given her until the start of the 1922 meeting at 4pm today to set out her own departure from Downing Street.
Under a scenario discussed by the 1922 Committee last month, Mrs May will stand down as leader after the May 23 election but stay on as Prime Minister.
If Mrs May refuses to set out her own exit plans then the committee would attempt to set out their own for her departure.
However No.10 has indicated that they may be working to anew deadline to sort out Brexit, which could mean that she remained in office for up to four more months until the summer break in July.
Current rules state that she cannot face a formal vote of no confidence until December, one year on from the last failed attempt to oust her.
A senior Tory source told the Times: “As long as there is the impression of movement — that there really is a chance this deal could go through — then I think she’s got until the end of July.”
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Once Mrs May announces her exit, Tory MPs would pick out two candidates over a two week period which would give the 120,000 members up to six weeks to select a new leader.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said her commitment to MPs to “step down once the first part of the Brexit process is completed” had not changed.
Downing Street confirmed to the Telegraph that Sir Graham had met with the Prime Minister but refused to disclose what was discussed, while Sir Graham refused to comment.
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