North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson has called for Prime Minister Theresa May to resign, saying her inability to deliver on Brexit has paralysed the Parliamentary process.
The Tory Brexiteer accused Mrs May of a “catastrophic misreading” of public opinion, and was now little more than a caretaker leader.
His comments come amid mounting pressure on Mrs May.
Mr Paterson said Mrs May’s resignation was now the only way the Brexit deadlock could be broken, adding that the stalemate had brought the business of government to a standstill.
He said the House of Commons was now regularly finishing in mid afternoon because there was nothing for MPs to discuss.
“This paralysis is the result of the barely believable intransigence of a Prime Minister consumed by the increasingly deluded aim of passing an agreement which MPs have thrice told her in emphatic terms is a bad deal.
“Her response each time has been unmoved: ‘Pass my deal’.
“Her response to every Brexit question before the liaison committee last week amounted to: ‘pass my deal’. Her response to the local elections which saw 1,330 Conservative Councillors unseated and 44 Conservative Councils lost has been: ‘pass my deal’.
“This is a catastrophic misreading of public and Parliamentary opinion. Yet in pursuit of her hopeless aim, the Prime Minister has broken almost every promise she has made and reduced herself to a caretaker.”
Telford MP Lucy Allan also said it was time for Mrs May to go.
“Theresa May has done all she can in the Brexit negotiations but has been unable to bring about our exit from the EU,” she said.
“I don’t believe that any further attempts to bring back her withdrawal agreement will succeed.
“It is therefore time for her to step aside and for a new leader to adopt a different approach. She failed to take the UK out of the EU on 29 March, put simply her Brexit plan has failed. The Prime Minister has fought tirelessly in the most difficult circumstances. A Remain dominated Parliament, many of whom refuse to accept the referendum result and an intransigent EU have made her job that much harder.”
She said the European elections should not be taking place, and many voters would use the election to protest at the failure to deliver the referendum result.”
Aside from the Euro elections next week the other big UK political betting market which has seen a lot of activity is on the date when TMay will finally step aside. After the local elections two weeks ago and the impending disaster for her party a week on Thursday this surely will be the moment when she finally runs out of time.
Yet will she? One thing we know is that she isn’t going of her own accord. She will have to be forced out and until now her party colleagues have never had the bottle to force the issue.
The confusing part about all of this is that there have been so many false alarms before. At one stage I was counting the number of front page stories in the national press which were predicting Theresa May’s imminent political demise and they were all proved wrong.
TMay has made her total mission in life over the past three year to implement the 2016 referendum and she hasn’t given up.
Her resolve and determination to achieve the goal runs so deep that you cannot judge her by other political leaders. She’s suffered commons revolt after commons revolt with the worst votes ever against a government ever but she has stuck to her task.
I certainly would not bet on her going this year at current odds.