Theresa May has said that she wants to get her Brexit plan through parliament before the summer recess, and that she will stand down as prime minister after that, implying that if the deal goes through, she will resigning towards the end of July. And she has also said that the key make-or-break vote on her Brexit legislation will come in the first week of June, implying that if she loses the vote, she will be gone very soon afterwards. (She has not confirmed the explicitly, but it is very hard to see how she could survive in those circumstances.)
But some in her party want even more clarity about her departure plans. The executive of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee wants her to say explicitly what will happen if MPs do not pass her Brexit deal, and they are meeting her this morning. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the committee, said at the weekend that it would be “strange” if his executive got to the end of the meeting without a “clear understanding” of when she would be going, which sounded faintly menacing, and in private some of his colleagues have been more brutal, saying that they will tell her to stand down immediately if she does not name a date for her departure.
So, it sounds like it could get very ugly. In his London Playbook briefing for Politico Europe Jack Blanchard writes: “A senior member of the 18-strong committee tells Playbook the meeting’s location will not be revealed to colleagues until an hour before, in an effort to maintain secrecy. Asked to describe the anticipated scene, the MP replied: ‘Blood on the walls.’”
Here is the agenda for the day.
9am: Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP, unveils the party’s Stop Brexit campaign bus in Brighton.
9.30am: Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, takes questions in the Commons.
10am: Sir Vince Cable, the Lib Dem leader, unveils an election poster in Edinburgh.
10.30am: David Gauke, the justice secretary, makes a Commons statement about plans to renationalise the probation service.
11am: Nigel Farage, the Brexit party leader, stages an election visit to Brentwood.
11.30am: Theresa May is due to meet the executive of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee to discuss its request for her to clarify when she will stand down.
After 11.30am: Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, makes a statement to MPs about next week’s Commons business.
12.30pm: Jeremy Corbyn visits Salford to publicise Labour’s plan for a “green industrial revolution”, involving solar panels being fitted to 1.75m homes lived in by socially housed or low-income households.
As usual, I will be covering breaking political news as it happens, as well as bringing you the best reaction, comment and analysis from the web. I plan to post a summary at lunchtime and another when I wrap up.
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