Currently, there is a rule which insists the Prime Minister cannot be kicked out within 12 months of winning a no-confidence vote. Rebels launched a no-confidence motion in Mrs May in December 2018, which she won, meaning they are unable to try again until December 2019. However, the dogged Prime Minister has managed to cause fresh outrage following her talks with Jeremy Corbyn about a potential customs union compromise.
In retaliation, a group of unnamed MPs have called on their association chairman to gather signatures to push through a rule change under schedule 9 of the Conservative Party Constitution, according to the Telegraph.
It states that party rules can be changed with a petition signed by 10,000 members.
A message sent by one of the rebels read: “Page 71 (schedule 9) of the party constitution allows the constitution to be changed upon delivery of a petition to the Chairman of the Board with 10,000 member signatures.
“Has this been considered as a way around the 12-month protection?
“There are easily that many members who would sign.”
This ambitious move comes after a group of senior backbench MPs informally agreed not to challenge their leader until after the May local elections and European Parliament elections, if they are held.
Far from being a gesture of goodwill however, this was so that her successor was “untainted”.
Mrs May was last night in Brussels negotiating an extension to the Brexit deadline to June 30.
However, the final offer made by the EU27 was a “flexible” delay until October 31, Hallowe’en.
Mrs May accepted the offer and in a press conference afterwards blamed Parliament for the stall in the Brexit process.
She said: “Over the last three months I have voted three times to leave the European Union.
“If sufficient members of parliament had voted with me in January we would already be out of the European Union.”