Theresa May should quit next month says former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith

May should quit next month, says Iain Duncan Smith

Theresa May should stand down as British Prime Minister next month, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has said.

Mr Duncan Smith said the Prime Minister should quit before European Parliament elections due to be held on May 23.

According to mirror.co.uk reports ” It comes after the Prime Minister’s shattered authority suffered a fresh blow as a major study showed Jeremy Corbyn heading for No 10.

The Conservatives would lose 59 seats at a general election, making Labour the largest party in the Commons.

Labour would gain 34 seats and the Lib Dems 14 according to the analysis from Electoral Calculus for the Sunday Telegraph.

Experts blamed the shock plunge in support on Tory voters’ anger “at the Government’s failure to deliver Brexit “.

British Polling Council, President Professor Sir John Curtice said Leave backers had been “drawn back to either UKIP or Nigel Farage’s newly launched Brexit party”.

Mr Duncan Smith said the Prime Minister should quit before European Parliament elections due to be held on May 23.

He told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “I know that the Prime Minister has already said she’s going. She said she would go as and when the agreement was ratified which was looking at around about May, June. I think those dates still stand.

“I think that what the PM has to do is aim everything now towards departure before the Euros (elections) which would then allow her to step away having done what she said she would do, getting the UK out of the European Union one way or the other and then we can have another leadership election and pick a new leader which is the way it has to be.”

The Conservative grandee said polling on the party was currently concerning and blamed delaying Brexit to October 31 for the situation.

It came as Tory big beasts said party rules could be changed – making it easier to oust the Prime Minister. Under the current system, a move against the leader can only be brought once in a 12-month period.

Mrs May rebuffed a bid to oust her last December and so would not expect to face the risk of another possible attempt to topple her until the end of the year.

However, two former chairmen of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs said rules could be changed.

Cabinet Office Minister, and Mrs May’s defacto deputy, David Lidington, said talks between the Government and Labour on Brexit would continue.

Mr Lidington told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: “They are certainly going to continue next week.

“I had a good, business-like meeting with John McDonnell a couple of days ago, and what we have agreed is a programme of meetings next week on particular subjects with the ministers and shadow ministers concerned getting together to talk about things like environmental standards, like workers’ rights, like security relationships between the United Kingdom and the EU.

“And then we would hope to take stock of where we are as soon as Parliament gets back after the Easter recess.

“But, I don’t think that this question can be allowed to drag out for much longer.”

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