Amid strife between herself and Jeremy Corbyn over the their joint Brexit ‘Plan B’ proposal, the Prime Minister will offer a “clear understanding” of her timetable for departure, the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee has said.
“I fear we would have a clearer understanding by asking a squid to fire a jet of ink at the calendar” admitted chairman Sir Graham Brady.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the committee since May 2010, told BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster that May had offered to meet with the executive following a request for “clarity” on her plans.
He told the programme: “It would be strange for that not to result in a clear understanding… at the end of the meeting.”
“All we have so far from Theresa on her departure date, is: “in a month of Sundays”, “when Nelson gets his eye back”, “when hell freezes over, defrosts, then freezes over again” and something about ‘her’ Brexit deal, whatever that is.”
Theresa May has previously suggested she will leave Downing Street after her Brexit deal has been passed by Parliament.
Giving Parliament the unenviable task of choosing between a workable Brexit deal with Theresa May until at least December, or Theresa May’s deal and no Theresa May. Either way, it’s the Theresa May way, or the Theresa May way!
At Prime Minister’s Questions last week, Brexit-backing Andrea Jenkyns told May she had “failed” in EU withdrawal negotiations and forfeited the trust of the public.
“The public no longer trust her to run Brexit negotiations,” she said.
“Isn’t it time to step aside and let someone else lead our country, our party and the Brexit negotiations?”
May retorted: “This is not an issue about me and it’s not an issue about her. This isn’t the Maybot you’re looking for” and waved a finger of dismissal at the minister.
“The PM 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,” a No 10 source said.
Asked what Brexit phase two was, the source replied, “We don’t know. Although, we do have a meeting with Theresa to give us a ‘clear understanding’ of what phase one is.”