“Michael Gove has hinted that Theresa May will pull the latest Commons vote on her Brexit deal to avoid a crushing defeat – a move likely to trigger her resignation from No 10 within days”, stated the Independent in the UK.
It said that Downing Street is insisting the withdrawal agreement bill will be put before MPs in the first week of June, after she dangled the prospect of a Final Say referendum as part of a 10-point plan. However, it is believed that the speech has backfired, failing to win over Labour MPs while increasing the number of Tory opponents from 34 to at least 65.
The Guardian described that the most eye-catching announcement was that MPs would be offered a parliamentary vote on a second referendum if they supported the bill at its second reading.
The Independent also added that on Wednesday, the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers will debate yet another call to change the party rulebook and force Ms May from office, if she refuses to quit.
Nigel Evans has demanded an “immediate confidence vote”, saying: “She has U-turned on absolutely everything. We cannot put up with this any longer.”
Labour also called for the withdrawal agreement bill to be shelved, again urging her to make a proper commitment to a fresh referendum as the only route forward.
“The prime minister needs to, today, accept that what she announced yesterday isn’t going to work and pull the vote,” said Keir Starmer, the Brexit spokesman.