A failed coup against Theresa May has
The prime minister now has the strongest backing among
the voters since the last general election.
Just 33% of voters wanted May to stay in office last
week, compared to 46% now.
The increase in support comes against a backdrop of an
attempted coup, with Tory Brexiteers marshaled by Jacob
Rees-Mogg trying to force a no-confidence vote in the prime
LONDON — The attempted coup against Theresa May led by
Conservative Brexiteers has backfired dramatically, with a
rapidly increasing number of voters now saying she should
remain as prime minister.
One week ago, 33% of voters wanted Theresa May to stay in her
post, while 47% wanted her to leave, according to a YouGov poll
for the Times. However, after a week in which the calls for her
to stand down, led by Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Moggm have
dominated the headlines, 46% now want her to stay and 34% want
her to stand down. This is the strongest backing she has received
on this measure since the last general election.
The poll shows that May’s popularity has particularly increased
among Conservative voters. A week ago, 43% who voted Conservative
in the 2017 general election said they wanted her to stand down.
Now, only 27% want her to resign. The proportion of Leave voters
who want her to resign also dropped from 55% a week ago to
The shift in support will be a relief to Downing Street, whose
spin operation has been in overdrive as the prime minister
attempts to sell her Brexit deal to voters and sceptical MPs. She
heads to Brussels on Wednesday afternoon to wrap up the final
part of negotiations on the political declaration, a document
which will outline the future UK-EU relationship.
The botched coup
Theresa May has been the subject of an ongoing attempted coup
since she announced the shape of her Brexit deal last week.
Jacob-Rees Mogg, chairman of the Brexit-supporting European
Research Group of Tory MPs, announced that he had lost the
confidence of the prime minister and his influential deputy Steve
Baker followed shortly after.
Twenty-four Tory MPs have publicly submitted letters of
no-confidence in the prime minister, short of the 48 required to
trigger a no-confidence vote in her leadership. Others are
believed to have submitted letters privately. Baker said last
week that he was confident that enough MPs had submitted letters
in order to trigger the process of toppling the prime minister.
However, after the letters failed to materialise, he was forced
to admit that the episode had left him “answering questions about
my own credibility.”
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