Brexiteer plot to depose Theresa May: An insider spills the beans on the leadership assassination.
BREXITEERS plotted behind the scenes to depose then-Prime Minister Theresa May, and a Conservative insider has just disclosed some key information about the coup.
The Conservatives elected Theresa May to No. 10 after her predecessor, David Cameron, felt compelled to resign as a result of the EU referendum. She had campaigned for Remain, but in March 2017, she famously said, “Brexit means Brexit,” and activated Article 50. Her optimism, however, was misplaced when she called a sudden election, weakening her own hand and leaving her with a hung Parliament and a reliance on Northern Ireland’s DUP.
As a result, in December 2018, she faced a vote of no confidence from her own party’s MPs.
Despite her survival, Mrs May committed not to lead the Conservatives into the general election in 2022 and pledged to seek a legally enforceable addendum to the exit deal with the EU in response to concerns about the Northern Ireland backstop.
Mrs May and her colleagues apparently anticipated that because she won the leadership challenge, she would have another year at the helm of the Conservatives.
However, Christopher Howarth, an aide for the European Research Group, discovered that no one had access to this alleged rulebook — and went out to find it in order to depose Mrs May.
“There was no copy anywhere,” he said on The Critics’ podcast.
There were only reports and anecdotes.”
He went to see Conservative Baron Michael Spicer, who possessed one of only two extant copies of the rulebook, in a Kensington hospital.
“This small lad is going to save the country,” Baron Spicer informed his nurse.
“Armed with the rules, Haworth then helped persuade Tory MPs that a new leadership challenge was conceivable, opening the path for Boris Johnson to oust May,” wrote journalist Robbie Smith in the Evening Standard.
A second vote of no confidence was proposed by then-opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn the following month, but it was rejected by the House of Commons by a vote of 325 to 306.
However, as Mr Smith points out, it was additional pressure from within her own party that truly propelled things forward.
Mrs May had promised to resign behind closed doors, but she kept pushing back the date of her last days in office because she was eager. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”