The upshot of today’s drama is that Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee, will go and see Theresa May on Friday. Now this might not seem like much. But I understand that the ‘22 Executive will meet again if necessary on Friday. In other words, this meeting is Theresa May’s chance to resign rather than be pushed.
Cabinet and ministerial support for May is draining away at a rapid rate. It is a sign of the end when No. 10 is having to refuse requests for meetings.
If May doesn’t go, then it is almost certain that there’ll be a move against her as soon as parliament returns from recess. As one of those involved in today’s discussions tells me, this is now a question of precise timings.