Wednesday 27 March 2019 3:33 AM UTC
LONDON May 27: Theresa May has came under pressure from the shop stewards of Tory backbenchers to set a date for her departure.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, was seen entering 10 Downing Street early this afternoon amid rumours the Prime Minister will announce tomorrow when she plans to step down.
MPs were expecting Sir Graham, who represents backbench Conservatives, to tell Mrs May that such a message would be welcomed by colleagues. It emerged earlier that Mrs May will make a speech tomorrow at the 1922 Committee.
Many MPs believe she will make a final plea for her twice-rejected withdrawal deal — and that she intends to gamble everything on a third meaningful vote on Thursday.
Announcing her departure date is being demanded by some MPs as their price for backing her, on the grounds they could choose a new leader to run the next phase of negotiations with the European Union.
A Cabinet source told the Evening Standard that Tory whips were getting ready for a possible confidence vote in the Government if the third vote was badly defeated.
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