This afternoon Mrs May met with prominent Brexiteers at her Chequers country residence as she battles to save her political life, amid growing reports of a cabinet coup to oust her from office. The under-fire Prime Minister met with Eurosceptics including Iain Duncan Smith, Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Dominic Raab in one last bid to convince the backbenchers she is the person to deliver Brexit. However the Taoiseach offered no respite for Mrs May and fuelled more calls for her to resign by stating Ireland would work with “whoever the Prime Minister is”.
Speaking to Irish national broadcaster RTÉ, Mr Varadkar insisted Mrs May could survive a leadership challenge but the UK and Ireland’s relationship was not dependent on the current PM staying.
He said: “I think she can, but one thing I know, is that I should not interfere in internal politics in the UK.
“Whoever the prime minister is, we will work with that prime minister.”
Mr Varadkar also offered no support for Mrs May’s handling of the Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union and made it clear she had made the UK “consumed” by Brexit.
In a scathing assessment he added: “It didn’t have to be this bad, I think what’s happened is the UK is now consumed with Brexit.”
Despite reports from the Sunday Times which claimed 11 Cabinet ministers want Mrs May removed from Downing Street, several ministers have today come out in support of the Prime Minister.
One potential successor, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, said it was “not the time to change the captain of the ship”.
David Lidington the PM’s de facto deputy said he had “no desire” to take over the reins.
Meanwhile Chancellor Philip Hammond accused those allegedly trying to topple Mrs May of being “self-indulgent”.
He told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge: “To be talking about changing the players on the board frankly is self-indulgent at this time.
“This is not about the Prime Minister or any other individual, this is about the future of our country.
“Changing Prime Minister wouldn’t help us, changing the party in Government wouldn’t help us – we’ve got to address the question of what type of Brexit is acceptable to Parliament.”
Following the crunch meeting at Chequers, Downing street remained tight-lipped over Mrs May’s future.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “The PM and a number of Government ministers met today at Chequers for lengthy talks with senior colleagues about delivering Brexit.
“The meeting discussed a range of issues, including whether there is sufficient support in the Commons to bring back a Meaningful Vote this week.”