About 50 Brexit-supporting lawmakers in British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government have met to discuss how and when they could force her out of her job, reports say.
Since her botched bet on a snap election in June 2017 lost her party its majority in parliament, May has faced persistent talk of a leadership challenge which has weakened her as she tries to clinch a Brexit deal with the European Union.
Lawmakers from the European Research Group (ERG), a grouping in May’s Conservative Party which wants a sharper break with the EU, met on Tuesday night and openly discussed May’s future. Unattributed comments included “everyone I know says she has to go”, “she’s a disaster” and “this can’t go on,” the BBC reported.
One source quoted by the BBC said “people feel the leadership is out of touch and has lost the plot” but another said changing the leader “is a stupid idea now”.
The pound fell against the dollar to as low as $1.2994 but later recovered to trade flat at $1.3028.
The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29. The EU and UK hope to clinch a deal later this year so that parliaments on both sides can ratify it before Brexit.
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU will not allow Britain to participate only in some parts of the bloc’s single market after Brexit without honoring all of the rules.