Seething Brexiteer Bill Cash insisted “enough is enough” as he suggested he and other colleagues have started plans to bypass the one-year limitation to hold a confidence vote in Theresa May. Mr Cash branded the Prime Minister’s decision to enter a new Brexit extension until October is an “abject surrender” and warned of the growing “anger” gripping the country and the Conservative Party. Asked to better explain his plan on Sky News, Mr Cash said: “Wait and see, I should say that.
“That’s a good question to which I have an answer, I have a very good answer to that but is not one I’m going to give you right now.
“These things have to be carefully worked through. The bottom line is, the way things have been going – we are even being denied a proper debate and vote on the statutory instrument that sold us out last night.”
Following a vote of no confidence in Theresa May moved in December 2018, Conservative Party members would have to wait at least a year to present a similar motion to bring down the Prime Minister.
But Mr Cash appeared to suggest Tory MPs will not have to wait any extra time to have Mrs May quit.
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The Stone MP continued: “The fact that I’m not giving you, on air, every detail of what is on my mind – and some other people’s as well – is something you have to wait for.
“Right now I called on her to resign because enough is enough.
“The accumulation of anger in the country and in the grassroots of the Conservative Party since the first confidence vote has been growing exponentially.
“The opinion polls in the Conservative grassroots have demonstrated this over and over again. It’s an accumulative sense of frustration.”
Theresa May is facing fury after she accepted the EU’s offer of a UK a six-month Brexit delay, pushing the withdrawal date to October 31 and definitively stopped the clock on a no-deal withdrawal happening on Friday.
The six-month extension to October 31 was a compromise solution thrashed out by EU leaders after French President Emmanuel Macron dug-in against a longer delay lasting into 2020.
The deal quickly drew criticism from Tory Eurosceptics and prompted questions about how long Mrs May can stay in power.
A Downing Street spokesman was put on the spot over whether Mrs May had thought about resigning due to the latest Article 50 extension and insisted MPs could still avoid further delay by supporting her deal.
He said: “If we can come together and work promptly, we can do more than that – we can ensure we leave before we have to participate in European Parliamentary elections.”
Updating MPs following her meeting with EU27 leaders in Brussels, Mrs May said: “My priority is to deliver Brexit and to do so in an orderly way which does not disrupt people’s lives.
“So, I continue to believe we need to leave the European Union with a deal as soon as possible.”