Doomed May prepares to quit: PM summons her inner circle to Downing Street and meets Tory backbench ‘executioner’ Graham Brady before announcing her departure ‘within hours’
Mrs. May will meet Tory backbench chief Sir Graham Brady where she is expected to tell him she will resign on June 10 before explaining her decision to her aides, who were all summoned to Downing Street this morning.
Sir Graham has been charged by Tory backbenchers to give her an exit date if she refuses. Last night the PM chose to stay at home in Berkshire with her husband Philip, who was yesterday urged by Brexiteers to tell his wife her time was up. Her allies said that – barring a last-minute change of heart – she will announce plans this morning to step aside as Conservative Party leader next month.
This morning she is expected to address the nation to explain why she is leaving ‘the job I love’ before she has realised her ambition of leading Britain out of the European Union .
Mrs May is expected to try to delay the start of the Tory leadership race until the week beginning June 10, to allow her to host Donald Trump ‘s state visit without the indignity of her MPs voting on her successor at the same time.