Tory MP tells Theresa May she has ‘failed’ on Brexit and should quit | Politics News
A Conservative MP has told Theresa May to her face that she has “failed” on Brexit and should “step aside”.
Andrea Jenkyns rose to her feet in the Commons during PMQs and told the prime minister that she had lost the trust of the public.
The direct call for Mrs May to quit comes as pressure increases on the PM for her to name a date for her departure amid growing Tory anger over Brexit.
“She’s tried her best, nobody could fault or doubt her commitment and sense of duty, but she has failed,” Ms Jenkyns told the chamber.
“The public no longer trust her to run Brexit negotiations.
“Isn’t it time to step aside and let someone else lead our country, our party and the Brexit negotiations?”
Mrs May gave the call short shrift, responding: “This is not an issue about me and it’s not an issue about her.
“If it were an issue about me and the way I vote, we would already have left the European Union.”
Senior Conservative backbenchers on the 1922 committee will meet later to discuss the outcome of a meeting between chairman Sir Graham Brady and Mrs May in Downing Street on Tuesday.
Sir Graham is believed to have pressed the PM for a more specific timetable for her departure.
The committee voted against approving a change in party rules to allow an earlier no confidence vote in Mrs May, but made clear it wants more “clarity” from her on when she intends to leave Downing Street.
The PM promised earlier this year that she would quit once a Brexit deal has been passed, but this appears to be a remote prospect at the moment.
Speaking after PMQs, her spokesman said she stands by that pledge.
“The prime minister made a very generous and bold offer to the 1922 committee a few weeks ago that she would see through phase one of the Brexit process, and she would leave and open up for new leadership for phase two,” he told reporters.
“And that is the timetable she is working towards. She wants to get Brexit done.”