UK leader under pressure as rivals push for the end of May
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing an uncomfortable meeting with Conservative Party lawmakers who are demanding she quit within weeks.
Executive members of a committee that oversees party leadership contests are meeting May Wednesday. Committee member Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said members wanted May to “set out a timetable to trigger a leadership contest.”
Pro-Brexit lawmakers are furious that Britain has not yet left the European Union, almost three years after voters backed Brexit in a referendum. Many blame May for the impasse.
May argues that she struck a divorce deal with the EU, but it has been rejected by Parliament three times.
The prime minister plans to make a fourth attempt next month to get lawmakers’ backing for Brexit terms.
Britain is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31.