British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a meeting of her cabinet on Tuesday, seeking to unify her government a day after it was thrown into turmoil when two senior ministers quit over her plans for trade ties with the European Union after Brexit.
With less than nine months until Britain is due to leave the EU, May has been wrestling with how to enact Brexit without jeopardising business with the world’s biggest trading bloc of 27 countries whilst forging new global deals.
Her plan for a “a business-friendly” Brexit prompted the resignations of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis, but sterling rebounded as investors bet she would not face an immediate challenge to her leadership, according to Reuters.com
At a meeting with her Conservative Party lawmakers on Monday, she was cheered and applauded by many as she warned them that internal squabbling could pave the way for socialist opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to take power instead.
“I think it is right that the cabinet backs the prime minister and speaks with one voice and if people don’t do that then they have to go,” Justice Secretary David Gauke told BBC radio.
Senior lawmakers in her party said they did not expect the prime minister to face a vote of no confidence, although some Conservatives were still saying that she should go.
If May survives the domestic political turmoil, she still has to convince EU leaders that her proposals can work. Europe’s most powerful leader, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arrives in London later on Tuesday.