Senior MPs condemned Mrs May’s handling of the Brexit process and launched a stinging attack during a heated 1922 Committee meeting on Monday. According to the Telegraph, backbenchers at the meeting had turned with many blaming her for reaching out to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in trying to seal support for her deal. Sources told the newspaper that they made clear the “damage” she is causing the party.
Andrea Leadsom, the Leader of the Commons, was “absolutely furious” with the Prime Minister due to her meetings with Mr Corbyn.
One source said: “The universal message was to say ‘a lot of the anger from the doorsteps is now coming back on her as opposed to the party’.
“The mood has changed. It has actually changed. The mood originally was, she is soldiering on, she is trying to do things.
“It was put to her the fact of it now turning to her being the problem.”
The latest humiliating blow for Mrs May comes after she admitted her controversial discussions with Mr Corbyn had ended up with “no deal” between the rivals.
She revealed this to the committee, which refused to put forward an indicative confidence vote in Mrs May, an informal vote of no confidence.
The Committee’s chairman, Sir Graham Brady, made the revelations to ITV’s Political Correspondent Paul Brand.
When asked about the nature of the briefing, Sir Graham conceded: “There is, at the moment, no deal with Labour.
“It was only a briefing on the discussions that have been going on and on other aspects of the situation, obviously leading up to the EU council on Wednesday.”
Theresa May is to make a whistle-stop trip to Berlin and Paris for last-minute talks with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on the eve of a summit which will determine the future of Brexit.
The leaders of the 27 remaining EU nations have been summoned to Brussels for an emergency meeting of the European Council on Wednesday, just two days before the UK is due to leave under current plans.
The Prime Minister’s visits on Tuesday appear to make it unlikely that any compromise Brexit deal thrashed out with Labour will be put before MPs ahead of the summit, with no face-to-face talks currently scheduled with Labour.