Leading Brexit supporters on Wednesday denied reports they were manoeuvering to remove Prime Minister Theresa May — while stepping up opposition to her plan to withdraw Britain from the EU.
Up to 50 of May’s Conservative MPs held a meeting late Tuesday at which they reportedly openly discussed how to unseat her, amid anger over her proposal to keep close trade ties with the European Union after Brexit.
former Brexit minister Steve Baker, who chaired the meeting, told reporters that there’s a great deal of anxiety among colleagues in parliament.
He said however he personally was no part of any leadership challenge, while another MP who attended said only five or six MPs openly discussed removing May.
May has also faced strong opposition in Brussels to her plan to maintain EU rules on trade in goods when Britain leaves the bloc’s single market and customs union after Brexit in March next year.
She will meet other EU leaders at an informal summit in Salzburg, Austria, next week, ahead of a formal summit in Brussels in mid-October.