ARCH-BREXITEERS are mounting a desperate last ditch bid to overthrow Theresa May TODAY over her soft Brexit “betrayal”.
The Sun can reveal senior Tories are calling on the party’s kingpin Sir Graham Brady to allow a secret ballot at a meeting of the influential 1922 Committee later this afternoon.
Sources said the MPs believe desperate action is needed before Downing Street thrashes out a soft Brexit compromise with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. One said: “They’re saying this is about the survival of the party itself.”
The ballot wouldn’t be officially binding – but Mrs May could feel forced to quit if she lost.
It came after livid Wales Minister Nigel Adams resigned in protest at the PM’s lunge to a soft Brexit.
In a stinging resignation letter, he told the PM: “It now seems that you and your Cabinet have decided that a deal cooked up with a Marxist who has never once in his political life, put British interests first –is better than no deal.”
The “1922” is due to meet in the bowels of Westminster at 5pm.
Brexit-backing International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is due to represent the Government at the meeting – and try to defend the PM’s decision.
Separately, Brexiteer Steve Baker revealed a cross-party amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill – demanding the Government negotiate a solution to the Irish backstop.
Theresa May told MPs last week that she was prepared to quit early in a desperate bid to get her deal through the Commons – but lost by 58 votes.
Former Immigration Minister Mark Harper last night warned the PM’s soft Brexit lunge would be opposed by most MPs.
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He said: “If the Government ends up bringing forward a proposition which is opposed by the majority of her Conservative MPs I cannot see it ending well.”
“Only 37 MPs voted for a customs union on Monday and 236 voted against it.”
Former Brexit Minister David Jones added: “If she’s contemplating getting this through the House of Commons contrary to the wishes of the Conservative party and with Labour votes she’s putting the future of the Conservative party at great peril.”