Theresa May has got about 10 days to put together a Queen’s Speech that will satisfy enough supporters of hard and soft Brexit alike or she will face a leadership challenge, a former minister has warned.
After her fateful decision to call a snap election saw the Conservatives lose their narrow majority, the Prime Minister has come under fire for her lacklustre response to the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Ms May is now caught between both sides of the Brexit debate.
Conservative Eurosceptics warned any “backsliding” on hard Brexit would result in a leadership challenge, but Ms May’s new “friends” in the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) may require a softer departure from the EU if they are to supply the parliamentary votes needed for the Queen’s Speech to pass.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, are being touted as potential Tory leaders in the hard Brexit mould, while Amber Rudd, the …