May ‘faces cabinet coup’ as ministers warn she has ‘days left’

By Rebecca Taylor, news reporter

Theresa May has days left in Downing Street amid a cabinet coup to oust her, according to several reports.

Speculation the prime minister will be ousted is at fever pitch, with The Sunday Times reporting 11 cabinet ministers had told them they want Mrs May to move aside and make way for a replacement.

Her de facto deputy David Lidington has been named as her potential caretaker replacement, while several are said to be ready to throw their weight behind Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Image: Michael Gove is said to have the backing of some ministers to take over

Her former policy adviser George Freeman tweeted it was "all over for the PM", adding: "She's done her best. But across the country you can see the anger.

"Everyone feels betrayed. Government's gridlocked. Trust in democracy collapsing. This can't go on. We need a new PM who can reach out (and) build some sort of coalition for a Plan B."

Former education secretary Nicky Morgan told The Sunday Telegraph cabinet ministers should tell her "it's time to go" while backbench Brexiteer Steve Baker says potential leadership contenders should "act now".

David Lidington is de facto deputy, and high in the running to be a care taker PM
Image: David Lidington is de facto deputy, and high in the running to be a caretaker PM

Conservative backbencher Ann-Marie Trevelyan wrote: "We now need a leader who believes in our country and wants to take her on the next stage of her journey."

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According to Buzzfeed, the prime minister was told to think about leaving office by several of her whips during a meeting, but Mrs May was "unmoved", refusing to believe it would make any difference to the deal.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, former Brexit secretary David Davis said leaving on World Trade Organisation terms, also called a no-deal Brexit, looked "much better than the other options in front of us".

He said: "If parliament rejects the deal on offer, the prime minister has it in her power to deliver a WTO outcome. That is what she should do.

"And if some ministers resign as a result? That would be a pity, but there are always volunteers to replace every departure."

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