Theresa May is said to be planning her exit from 10 Downing Street
The Prime Minister will quit her job in the summer – just weeks after
The Conservative leader will call the leadership contest shortly after leaving the
According to Cabinet ministers the Prime Minister has hinted to them personally she will trigger a Tory leadership race to end at the party’s annual conference in October.
A source close to Liam Fox, told The Sun May’s good friend, the current International Trade Secretary, believes she will go after the deadline on March 29.
A senior Tory source told The Sun: ‘Liam is convinced she’ll go this summer. He says everything the PM has told him suggests that.
‘She’s determined to ensure the right person follows her, and she’ll have no say at all if it gets to the stage of forcing her out.’
Trade Secretary Liam Fox reportedly told friends Mrs May has hinted she will leave after March 29 – when Brexit has passed the deadline
Prime Minister Theresa May only speak about her plans for her career to husband Philip
Boris Johnson (pictured in Westminster today) insisted staying in a customs union permanently would mean the UKJ being ‘essentially a colony’
Mrs May has only dropped hints, however, and has not revealed to anyone what she will do.
A senior No10 source said it is only ever her husband who knows what she is planning.
They said to the same paper: ‘The only person who will know Theresa’s real thinking on when she’ll step down is her husband Philip.
‘She won’t share it with anyone else, not us or any Cabinet minister.’
According to some in the Tory party MRs May wants to leave when she has regained strength through arriving with a Brexit deal signed before the exit date.
However, she will take a keen interest in the person replacing her.
It is believed she will attempt to keep out those who have harmed her premiership, such as Boris Johnson.
Business Secretary Greg Clark has apparently indicated to friends she will go this year.
Former foreign secretary Johnson has insisted the so called backstop agreement with the European Union having a time limit on it would see him back May’s deal.
However, his demand remains that the agreement would need to expire before the next general election in 2022.
The intervention early this week came as the PM moved to quell
EU negotiator Michel Barnier today doubled down on demands Mrs May reach a deal with Mr Corbyn, insisting ‘something has to give on the British side’ and ‘time is short’ to conclude the deal.
Mrs May had caused panic in Tory ranks by appearing to open the door to a grand bargain.
But Downing Street insisted the PM was ‘absolutely clear’ that she will not support the call from Labour.
The Prime Minister wants to get Brexit through in time for the March 29 deadline so she can leave in a strengthened position
In her letter to Mr Corbyn (pictured on Saturday), May also confirmed that ministers are ‘examining opportunities’ to pour millions into deprived Brexit-voting Labour constituencies