Conservative MPs have openly discussed methods of ousting the prime minister at a private meeting of hardline Brexiters.
At the gathering on Tuesday night of the European Research Group (ERG) of more than 50 Eurosceptic MPs, sources said MPs in the Thatcher room in Portcullis House discussed the timing of a possible confidence vote in the prime minister if she did not ditch her Chequers plan.
One said there was “an utter lack of dissent” in the room about the need to replace May. “They ran through the ‘how to’ options. It was not a question of ‘should do’,” they said.
After a feverish night of mounting dissent in Westminster, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, called for calm. “The critical thing is we need to make sure there is unity in the Conservative party behind the prime minister,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday.
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