The first sign the tectonic plates were shifting in the parliamentary party against Theresa May came from the backbench MP Conor Burns yesterday.
Long before the 585-page official Brexit document was published, he’d told Sky News: ‘I have consistently said we don’t want to change the PM, we want to change the policy of the PM.
'However, there comes a point where if the PM is insistent that she will not change the policy, then the only way to change the policy is to change the personnel.’
The first sign the tectonic plates were shifting in the parliamentary party against Theresa May came from the backbench MP Conor Burns yesterday, says ANDREW PIERCE.
At Westminster the remark caused a mini political explosion.
Burns is a confidante and close ally of Boris Johnson whose resignation as foreign secretary in July over Brexit was the first shot in a leadership challenge to Theresa May.
In private Burns had been coruscating about Mrs May’s performance in the negotiations. While he never mentioned her by name in his carefully phrased remark, it was a clarion call to Brexiteers, and sceptical Remainers, to rise up against her.
It’s inconceivable Burns hadn’t spoken to Johnson first before dramatically raising the stakes against the Prime Minister.
In the increasingly febrile atmosphere at Westminster last night it was crystal clear the Johnson bandwagon was now up and running against the PM.
Burns, and Johnson by proxy, were telling colleagues to get ready their letters to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee, demanding a no confidence motion.
One senior Tory MP told me last night: ‘When I saw what Burns said it was clear: they are finally moving against the Prime Minister.’
Burns is a long standing Eurosceptic and has been a champion of a no-deal Brexit for months.
Shortly before he spoke on Sky, Burns held a