ISOLATED Theresa May was last night holed up in No10 amid an extraordinary Cabinet bid to force her from power.
Brexiteer Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom quit over the PM’s bid to offer MPs the chance of a second EU referendum.
And seven other Cabinet ministers also told No10 they will not back Mrs May — a clear signal for her to step down.
But the PM refused to budge, with aides saying: “She is going nowhere until she gets Brexit done.”
Mrs May even refused a series of ministers’ demands for face-to-face talks, scrapping an appointment with Scottish Secretary David Mundell with ten minutes’ notice.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith last night joked that Mrs May was virtually barricading herself in at Downing Street — saying: “The sofa is up against the door, she’s not leaving.”
Cabinet rebels are furious at Mrs May for saying the Government will legislate for a second referendum, insisting they agreed only to offer the Commons a vote on it. …
Members had held a secret ballot on whether to change Tory rules to hold a fresh no confidence vote in her leadership, with their votes sealed in envelopes.
If she does not stand down, the envelopes will be opened by Sir Graham. One 1922 executive said last night there was “a clear majority” in the room for a rule change.
The senior MP added: “Theresa will have to go on Friday, whatever happens now.”
What a farce. This is what comes of trying to directly disobey or massively subvert the clearly expressed view of the electorate.