Save her job – or create a chance to save the UK. What do you think Theresa May will do?

Theresa May: Will Brexit bring her down?

Nobody needs any prizes for suggesting that Mrs May will put her own political career above the good of the rest of the United Kingdom. She is the most blatantly selfish prime minister who ever pretended to be a public servant.

But her continued leadership of the Conservative Party – and the government – could be cut short on Wednesday.

She has been summoned to a meeting of the Conservative backbench 1922 committee amid warnings that the number of MPs who have written to call for a vote of “no confidence” in her leadership is dangerously close to the 48 needed to trigger such a vote.

Apparently Mrs May has not yet agreed to attend but she has been warned that she will only make a confidence vote more likely if she gives her backbenchers the cold shoulder. One MP is said to have told the Mail on Sunday that she should “bring her own noose” in any case.

According to Metro, “Andrew Bridgen, another Tory critic of Mrs May, told the newspaper: ‘This week Theresa May will find that she is drinking in the last chance saloon and the bad news for her is that the bar is already dry.

“‘If she doesn’t turn up to the ’22 that will only make the letters go in even faster.’

“A source told The Sun: ‘There is no orchestrated campaign to remove her but there is mounting dissatisfaction in every quarter.”

It is her failure to negotiate an acceptable Brexit deal with the EU27 countries that has put Mrs May’s career in danger.

Last week she attended a summit at which no progress was made, despite last-minute talks the weekend before.

The MP she sent to carry out those negotiations was current Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab. Here’s a quick precis of his views:

Mr Raab told Sky News: “Now is the time to play for the team”, adding: “We are at the end stage of the negotiation.

“It is understandable that there are jitters on all sides of this debate.

“We need to hold our nerve. The end is in sight in terms of a good deal, the prize we want.”

He would say that, wouldn’t he? Mrs May chose him to negotiate and he made a mess of it so, if she goes, he could go too.

Also supportive of Mrs May was Robert Halfon. He told Sky‘s Sophy Ridge: “I say to the people giving those quotes, this is not the way to change things.”

He said the Tories had a “serious image problem” and warned that voters only associate the party with austerity or Brexit.

But he dismissed suggestions it was time for Mrs May to go: “I don’t think a change of leader would particularly help, particularly in the middle of Brexit,” he said.

Those are all the pro-May comments I have at the moment. Let’s see what her detractors say.

Here’s a source quoted by The Sun: “There is no orchestrated campaign to remove her but there is mounting dissatisfaction in every quarter.

“Theresa’s credibility is sinking fast. MPs are beginning to wonder that if she can’t deliver a deal with the EU, if she is up to the job of taking us out without one.

“If you think the current state of affairs is bad, just imagine what it would be like if there’s no deal. Brexit would be at stake – and so would the security of the nation.”

Former Brexit Secretary  David Davis wrote in the Mail on Sunday that Mrs May had “managed to anger not just Leavers but ardent Remainers as well”.

He said that the EU has plenty to lose if the UK crashes out of the bloc without a deal in March, adding: “We should not allow ourselves to be bullied by the EU.”

We have already discussed the words of Johnny Mercer, of course.

And Brextremist Suella Braverman, whose own views on the subject were demolished here, has refused to say she’ll support Mrs May in any vote.

She was interviewed by the BBC’s John Pienaar. Here‘s the Mirror‘s account of the confrontation:

“Mr Pienaar asked Mrs Braverman: “If it comes to a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister, can you say now that you would vote for her?”

“She replied: “I’m supporting the prime minister, this is my job, I’m here in the government. I’m very pleased to be working in the government.”

“Pienaar tried again: “Can you say now you would vote for her?”

“And again, Braverman dodged the question: “I am supporting the PM as unequivocal and I’m really clear about that and I want the Prime Minister to continue in her job.

“”I’m here to support her in delivering Brexit and I have the confidence in her to do that.”

“The radio host repeated his question a third and final time: “I’m sorry to be unbelievably pedantic, I know you’re supporting the Prime Minister, but can you say after me, ‘if there’s a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister I will vote for her'”

“But still, Braverman refused to answer: “I don’t think there will be a vote of confidence in the PM and I am supporting the Prime Minister unequivocally and I want her to get on with the job to deliver Brexit and I know that she will be doing that.””

Given her record, Mrs May must know that the best thing she can do for the people of the UK is quit.

Do you think she’ll accept the evidence and go quietly?

Nor do I. Buy popcorn – this could be a fascinating week’s viewing.

Visit our JustGiving page to help Vox Political’s Mike Sivier fight anti-Semitism libels in court

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


7 thoughts on “Save her job – or create a chance to save the UK. What do you think Theresa May will do?

  1. Barry Davies

    No one has to answer the question how would you vote, they may decide to tell you but it is one question that should never be asked by anyone of anyone.

  2. Growing Flame

    I am still expecting May to come up with some kind of fudge that the other Tory MPs feel they have to vote for, for fear of the government falling. And holding onto power, regardless of the consequences, is what they do.

    In fact, one big consequence of the huge march for a People’s Vote may be that Brextremist Tory MPs will feel they HAVE to agree to some kind of fudged deal at this stage because they have seen the numbers and energy of the Remainers.

    Once such a wishy washy “deal” is agreed, the game is still on, because , if everybody agrees to it, NOBODY will be really excited by it. Brexit will become a damp squib, with nothing to look forward to. (As could have been predicted).

    Then we get a General Election!!!

  3. 4foxandhare

    It should be obvious to everyone involved in this fiasco, that the Referendum was fatally flawed. The truth of the matter is that both sides were not entirely honest and nobody understood the implications of leaving the EU, and Boris Johnson was the worst and most persistent liar of all.

    We are much better informed now. A quick search of the internet will provide all the necessary information. There are pros and cons to both leaving and staying in the EU but at least we can weigh them up and make an informed choice.

    Fyi: I voted to Remain, and would do the same again

    Let’s have a completely new, informative Referendum.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Because I haven’t got around to moderating it yet. No comment goes up on this site without being moderated. And I don’t like it when commenters try to push me into publishing their comments. Do not try to do so again.

Comments are closed.