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MAY-DAY! PM warned to BOOT OUT Euro wets and get project Brexit back on course

THERESA MAY needs to reshuffle her cabinet in order to clear out the pro-EU Tories threatening to derail her Brexit plans, according to allies of the embattled Prime Minister.

Mrs May returns to the UK next week following a three week holiday, during which time several prominent Tory Remainers have revealed their hopes for a soft Brexit vastly at odds with the PM’s vision outlined in her Lancaster House speech in January.The knives have been sharpened for Mrs May ever since June’s disastrous general election result left her promise of “strong and stable” government during tough Brexit negotiations in tatters.

Now those still faithful to the Prime Minister believe the only way she can reassert her authority is by showing her ruthless streak and culling hard Brexit naysayers from her top team.

Top of the hit list is Chancellor Philip Hammond, who has already faced calls to be sacked for suggesting a transitional period after Britain leaves the EU which closely resembled the existing membership of the  customs union.

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Theresa May is being advised to clear out the Remainers from her cabinet

Ms Rudd is known to have leadership ambitions, and although she is not currently expected to lose her cabinet role, Mrs May will be worried about the apparent partnerhsip forming between her chancellor and her home secretary.Also in the firing line are Conservative chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin, who has been partly blamed for the election failure.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon, education secretary Justine Greening and communities secretary Sajid Javid, all Remainers, could also be in trouble.

One hardline Brexiteer who is also tipped to be shown the door is Andrea Leadsom, Mrs May’s former leadership rival and current leader of the House of Commons, who is regarded as something of a weak link, according to the Sun.


Chancellor Philip Hammond has faced calls to be sacked over his soft Brexit stance


Sir Michael Fallon could be moved out of the Ministry of Defence in a mini reshuffle

Having survived through the immediate aftermath of the election, Mrs May’s supporters think now is the time to consolidate her position with a clear-out ahead of the Conservative Party conference in October.One nister told the paper: “There’s a growing feeling that the PM has to show who’s boss.”

In doing so she would also open the door to a new generation of rising Tory stars, refreshing her frontbench for what is certain to be a demanding new Parliament.

Curiously, some of the names being mooted as possible cabinet members voted to Remain in the EU.

Tobias Ellwood, the defence minister hailed a hero for trying to help PC Keith Palmer during the Westminster terror attack, also voted to Remain, but has since said the referendum result needs to be honoured.


Eurosceptic Dominc Raab could prove useful to Theresa May in the cabinet


Tobia Ellwood could prove a popular cabinet pick

Among the eurosceptics, Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab has long been tipped for a cabinet position, and now could be his time if Mrs May decides to reshuffle her pack.One MP certainly not in ine for promotion is Anna Soubry, the outspoken pro-EU Tory who has proved a thorn in the side of hardline Conservative Brexiteers.

In an article for the Mail on Sunday, Ms Soubry  threatened to quit the party all together if Mrs Maycontinues to “stagger recklessly towards a hard Brexit that destroyed the lives of my constituents”.

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Margaret robinson
Margaret robinson

Well she tried to balance and appease these people so no alterntive now. She tried to give them an inch and they took a mile so they must go.

Jane Davies
Jane Davies

I said exactly this on this blog a couple of weeks ago. It’s a no brainer that May has only those who voted to leave in her cabinet. We cannot have traitors to democracy making any decisions whatsoever.

PS I’m back in Peter, having been blocked by the log in process which, for some strange reason, refused to recognise both my name and email address!

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