Theresa May, left, and Andrea Leadsom, right. | EPA
Theresa May best person to unite Tories ‘at the moment,’ says Cabinet minister
Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, refuses to say if PM would still be in office next week.
Updated 12/5/18, 5:21 PM CET
British Prime Minister Theresa May is the best person to unite the U.K. Conservative Party “at the moment,” said Cabinet Minister and prominent Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom.
The leader of the Commons, who was one of May’s rivals for the Tory leadership in 2016, delivered the lukewarm backing for the prime minister on the BBC’s Today program Wednesday, before refusing to say whether May would still be in-post after next week’s crunch Brexit vote in the chamber. “I don’t do predictions. Ever,” she said.
Leadsom also called on her Tory colleagues to look at May’s Brexit plan “carefully” and “give it a real chance.”
She added that Tory rebel Dominic Grieve’s amendment to the Brexit deal, which calls for parliament to have a greater say in planning for the divorce and was passed Tuesday by MPs, “doesn’t make no-deal Brexit an impossibility.” The amendment “could either make no deal more likely or less likely,” she said. “The issue is the default position is no deal.”
She also said that government legal advice on the Brexit deal would be published at 11:30 a.m. local time Wednesday. The government was forced into the publication after MPs voted Tuesday to hold ministers in contempt of parliament for failing to do so.