Just a few months ago, I reported that David Davis could be installed as interim Prime Minister to see the government through the Brexit process, and everyone I mentioned it to scoffed.
Most thought it was ludicrous, that it wouldn’t even be constitutional, and that something so dramatic surely wouldn’t happen. But, it might.
After returning from Brussels without making any substantial progress, the Prime Minister has faced substantial criticism from both Remain and Leave MPs and campaigners, and now, more letters of no confidence are being submitted to the chairman of the 1922 Committee this week.
Two more letters are reported to have been sent, increasing Mrs. May’s chances of being ousted in the coming weeks or months.
The Sunday Times reports that between 42 and 44 letters of no confidence have now been submitted, meaning as little as four more letters could be needed to trigger a vote of no confidence. It could be as quick as a week before she’s gone.
Boris Johnson’s friends in the Tory Party are claiming that Boris is struggling to build a large enough support base of MPs to put him on the ballot paper in a leadership contest, too, which is something I’ve been talking about for a while.
In the event of a Tory leadership contest, Tory MPs will vote for two candidates to be put on a ballot that would be sent to members. I see no way that enough Tory MPs would vote for Boris — but Davis? Davis, maybe.
The Mail on Sunday says that Davis is the Brexiteer “candidate of choice,” and I find it hard to disagree with. Johnson is polarizing, and Rees-Mogg is so visibly posh that he’d struggle to get the support of the working class.
Davis is the only choice, and I think he’d be a steady pair of hands in these negotiations.
The question is, though, whether Davis would run in a leadership election or whether Tory MPs would be happy to have him installed as an interim leader.
I suspect the latter would be the best option. There’s no time for an election, with Brexit looming.