Theresa May to face senior Tories amid criticism at her failure to say when she will quit

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8th May 2019

Theresa May will hold showdown talks with senior Tory MPs as pressure mounts on her to set out when she plans to quit Downing Street.

Tory MPs said Theresa May was 'kicking the can' once again.
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The Prime Minister will meet the executive of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers next Wednesday.

She has already said that she intends to resign as PM if the Commons backs her Brexit deal.

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But Mrs May has been urged by Tory MPs to set out a "road map" for when she intends to stand down as Tory leader if the withdrawal agreement she negotiated with Brussels continues to be rejected.

On Wednesday, a Downing Street spokesman insisted Mrs May had no intention of quitting until Brexit is delivered.

He said: "The Prime Minister made a very generous and bold offer to the 1922 Committee a few weeks ago that she would see through phase one of the Brexit process and she would leave and open up for new leadership for phase two and that is the timetable she is working towards."

Sit Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, said: "I've had two very good discussions with the Prime Minister. I reported those to the executive, but most importantly there was an offer to meet with us for a further discussion, which will take place with the whole executive and we'll have further deliberations after that.

"The executive asked her a question two weeks ago. She has responded by offering to meet with the executive and I'm very happy with that."

But other Tory MPs accused the Prime Minister of "can-kicking" by failing to give the 1922 execurtive a straight answer.

Nadine Dorries, a critic of Mrs May, said: "We don't want the can kicking further down the road. She's not given a decision yet, there's no timetable. We need to get on with it and the 1922 needs to push her into that decision."