A vote of no confidence could be on the cards for Mrs May as she enters one of the most difficult political weeks of her career.
Disgruntled Tory MPs desperate for a new approach have threatened to instigate a no confidence vote within days as they implore Mrs May to face them in their 1922 Committee meeting on Wednesday, which is being dubbed a “show trial”.
As a result of the crisis meeting Mrs May will face a last-ditch attempt to save her crumbling leadership as she confronts the disillusioned and frustrated MPs – some of whom are gearing up to step up their campaign to succeed her in Number 10.
In an ominous warning, she was told to “bring her own noose” to the showdown as rank-and-file MPs last night told the Prime Minister she was in the “last chance saloon”.
They threatened if she didn’t put in an “uncharacteristically powerful, persuasive and coherent” performance, she could face a vote of no confidence within days.
Last night, Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns, who believes that Mrs May should stand aside, told the Mail on Sunday: “This is a moment for action, the right time to select a brave leader.
“How bad does it get before we act?
“Betraying Leave voters will have catastrophic consequences for our party and democracy, handing power to Jeremy Corbyn.
“Voters will not forgive us.”
Fellow May critic Andrew Bridgen said: “This week Theresa May will find that she is drinking in the last chance saloon and the bad news for her is that the bar is already dry.
“If she doesn’t turn up to the ’22 that will only make the letters go in even faster.”
Meanwhile, a senior Tory Brexiteer said: “She should bring her own noose to the ’22.
“Short of an uncharacteristically powerful, persuasive and coherent performance, then I think her time will be up.”
The 1922 Committee, also known as “the 22”, is a committee of all backbench Conservative MPs that meets weekly when the Commons is sitting.
The committee is currently chaired by Graham Brady, Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale West.
As the ’22 committee chair, Mr Brady has considerable influence within the Parliamentary Party.