Afternoon all,

She might not have quit yet, but some Tories are already preparing for life after *Theresa May* 🧐.

*Esther McVey* has said today that she will be “going forward” in a Tory leadership contest after receiving “enough support” from Tory colleagues to warrant a run at the top job.

*Ms McVey* previously served as Work and Pensions Secretary but resigned from the Government over Brexit. *David Gauke*, the Justice Secretary, and *Amber Rudd*, the Work and Pensions Secretary, have also given wide-ranging speeches setting out their leadership credentials this week.

But of course, a leadership contest can’t take place until May stands aside. *Owen Paterson* has explained that politics is descending into farce as the intransigent *Theresa May* still refuses to go:

Back over in the land of Brexit, *Theresa May’s official spokesman* has conceded that there is “significant work still to do” if the Government is to agree a Brexit compromise with Labour🤨.

My colleague Harry Yorke, who was present at the daily briefing with Downing Street, has reported that the PM’s spokesman indicated that Mrs May’s *Withdrawal Agreement* could be coming back for another vote in the next two weeks. Mrs May’s spokesman told journalists that the Government is “working hard to bring it forward as soon as possible”.

Post written by the Telegraph WhatsApp brexit group


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