Theresa May 'irritated' by debate over her leadership

Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street

As competing visions for post-Brexit Britain continue to divide the Conservatives, George Freeman has warned of "a danger in Parliament of a real crisis" this winter amid reports of a plot to topple the prime minister.

Boris Johnson has been critical of Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit negotiations, and resigned as Foreign Secretary after the cabinet meeting at Chequers.

"UKIP need a new leader", he started.

Theresa May should quit as Tory leader after Brexit day and hand over the torch to a "new generation leader" untainted by the European Union referendum, her former policy chief has said.

'I was home secretary for six years, and as Prime Minister for two years now I think using language like that was not right and it's not language I would have used'.

Mr Freeman, who was chairman of the Prime Minister's policy board until November previous year, warned an ongoing row about what Britain's relationship with Brussels should be after Brexit risked making the Tories and the Prime Minister "look shambolic".

George Freeman, a Tory MP and former minister, said Mrs May should step down after March 2019 having taken the United Kingdom out of the European Union.

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Mike told Nigel Farage that Brexiteer Boris Johnson should leave the Conservative Party and instead run for UKIP leader.

'That's what I'm focused on and that's what we should all be focused on.

"If I was still advising Theresa May, my advice would be to frame it in those terms - seal the deal for a new generation and hand the torch of responsibility on to them and I think the country would cheer".

"I think anyone who was involved in that referendum campaign - I think it was a bad campaign on both sides - they're bound by all sorts of promises that shouldn't have been made, they carry the baggage of a awful process".

Freeman's remarks come amid intense speculation that the Tory party's staunch Brexiteers, fronted by Jacob Rees-Mogg, are planning to trigger a leadership contest in the next few weeks in order to derail May's Brexit plans.

About 50 Pro-Brexit Tory MPs met to consider ways to oust May on Tuesday evening and Johnson is widely expected to vie to replace her. "Not only is this irresponsible, it's unnecessary".



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