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Britain’s Embattled Premier Facing Open Rebellion From Own Party

Britain’s Embattled Premier Facing Open Rebellion From Own PartyBritain’s Embattled Premier Facing Open Rebellion From Own Party

British Prime Minister Theresa May should quit to save the Conservative Party from losing the next election and 30 of her lawmakers back a plot to topple her, a former chairman of her party said on Friday.

Just as Britain enters a crucial stage in Brexit talks with the European Union, May is now facing an open rebellion by some of her own lawmakers who say her authority is shattered after her disastrous speech to the party conference on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Former party chairman Grant Shapps told BBC radio: “I think she should call a leadership election.”

After May’s bungled election, her failure to unite the cabinet and a poor party conference “the writing is on the wall,” he said.

May’s authority was already diminished by her decision to call a snap election in June that lost her party its majority in parliament days before Brexit talks opened.

Her survival has so far been dependent on the absence of an obvious successor who could unite the party and the fear of an election that many Conservatives think would let opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power.

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