British Prime Minister Theresa May held crisis talks yesterday with Conservative colleagues as she tries to plot a path through a pivotal week in the Brexit process amid reports that her leadership is under imminent threat.
As Downing Street rubbished reports that May could be persuaded to resign, chancellor Philip Hammond told Sky News on Sunday: "This is not about the prime minister. changing prime ministers wouldn't help, changing the party of government wouldn't help".
Meanwhile, the pressure continues to built on Prime Minister May to step down from her post as she is losing support even within her own party ranks on the manner she has handled the post-Brexit scenario.
The confrontation may come to a head at a cabinet session expected on Monday (today).
Under Conservative Party rules, May can not face a formal leadership challenge from within her own party until December because she survived one three months ago. "She clearly doesn't have the confidence of the cabinet and she certainly doesn't have the confidence of our members out there in the country", he said.
Though the deal had already been rejected overwhelmingly by the House of Commons, the EU Council has given May more time to get the deal through her parliament, putting the planned departure from the bloc on Friday on hold.
He said Mrs May was doing a "fantastic job" and that he had no desire to take her place.
The Sunday Times claimed 11 Cabinet ministers wanted Mrs May to make way for someone else and that Mr Lidington was in line to take over the helm.
TIM IRELAND APHundreds of thousands of people gathered in central London for the anti Brexit march
Mrs May has clung on through numerous political reverses which seemed certain to bring her down: losing the Tory party's parliamentary majority in the 2017 snap election; the resignations of Boris Johnson and the inaugural Brexit secretary (and later his successor) over her European Union strategy; a vote of no confidence in her as party leader which saw over half her backbenchers back her removal; her government becoming the first in recorded history to be found in Contempt of Parliament; suffering a historic parliamentary defeat when she put her proposed Brexit deal to MPs (twice), and a vote of no confidence in her government by the Opposition.
Reject no-deal: Labour's Yvette Cooper is calling on the government to rule out a no-deal exit from the European Union on April 12, and to set out by Thursday how it will make sure a crash-out won't happen.
In the coming days, as many as six other options, in addition to Mrs May's deal, could be put to indicative votes in order to see which are most popular.
Conservative Party legislator George Freeman tweeted Saturday night that the United Kingdom needs a new leader if the Brexit process is to move forward. But across the country you can see the anger. "Everyone feels betrayed", Freeman tweeted.
"This can't go on". They have twice down-voted May's deal, they have rejected a no-deal Brexit, they didn't dare clearly support a second referendum nor had they the courage to altogether abolish Brexit, despite there being a majority for that.
It would also open up other options such as holding a general election or a second referendum.
Hundreds of thousands of people descended on central London to join a march on Parliament and demand a final say for the public over Brexit.
More than 4 million people endorsed an electronic petition this week in favour of revoking Article 50, the act that formally triggered the Brexit process.
"At the moment, I think the option of remaining is not off the table and it's not beyond the bounds of possibility by any stretch of the imagination", she said.
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