Mark Francois a prominent Conservative Brexiteer has called for a vote of no confidence this week, to allow Tory MPs to demonstrate how they have “lost faith” in Theresa May’s leadership.
Francois said he believes May should resign for the, “existential future of our party and the destiny of our country.”
If May does not quit her position, then on Wednesday a vote will send a clear message to EU leaders that May, should not be granted the delay to Article 50 in her summit meeting that evening.
Sir Graham Brady the chair of the backbench Conservative 1922 Committee received a letter asking for an “indicative vote of confidence” to be held on Wednesday.
However, a formal no confidence vote cannot be formally held until December.
Francois wrote, “We simply cannot go on like this, with a weak leader, a riven Cabinet and a party in despair.
“I believe Theresa May has been a failure as leader of our party, which she now threatens to destroy. Hers is a classic example of hubris, and after hubris comes nemesis.
“We are living in a world gone mad. A Conservative Prime Minister, who voted Remain, egged on by a coterie of neo-federalist civil servants and a powerful Remainiac cabal in the Cabinet, has tried, and failed three times to pass a draft treaty through the House of Commons which would lock us into a customs union forever.”
Francois added that unless MPs act now the UK, “risks being forced into a customs union with Labour support, which is completely at variance with the manifesto on which we were elected”
“In 36-years as a member of the Conservative Party, I have never known our MPs, councillors and activists to be as angry and disillusioned as they are today.”
By holding the indicative vote just hours before the prime minister is due to appear at the emergency Brexit summit, the vote will send a clear message to the EU27 that May no longer commands the majority in Parliament.
Therefore, making it “extremely unlikely” May will be granted an extension to Article 50.
Francois said, “Our future is therefore literally in the hands of 313 Tory MPs.”
Adding, “Enough is enough. If she goes by Wednesday, we can Leave on Friday.”