Theresa May's fate could be sealed on Friday

PUBLISHED: 10:46 23 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:57 23 May 2019

Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Theresa May's fate as prime minister looks set to be sealed on Friday when she meets the Tory grandee who speaks for Conservative backbenchers.

May will hold discussions with Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, with calls growing for her to quit.

Demands from Tory MPs for May to resign are continuing to surge following cabinet turmoil over her Brexit strategy.

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom was the first to resign in protest of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Sir David Evennett is the latest Conservative to demand the prime minister's resignation.

The Tory MP was previously viewed as a loyalist.

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He tweeted: "Theresa May must now resign. We need a new PM a new Cabinet and a new approach to Brexit."

May's meeting with the 1922 Committee chairman looks pivotal to how her premiership ends.

She has previously agreed to set out the timetable for the contest to replace her after a crunch vote on her Brexit deal, widely expected on June 7.

That deadline appears to have been brought forward with the announcement she will meet Sir Graham the day after the EU vote in which polls suggest the Tories will be hammered by Nigel Farage's Brexit Party.

Sir Graham told reporters: "I will be meeting with the Prime Minister on Friday following her campaigning in the European elections... and following that meeting I will be consulting with the 1922 executive."

He said the executive discussed "all sorts of things" in the meeting.

The 1922 Committee's executive had been expected to consider a rule change to allow another attempt to force May out.

Reports suggest the committee's executive took a secret ballot on bringing a confidence vote forward, and could release the results if May fails to set a firm exit date on Friday.

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