Dominic Raab’s former special adviser has said he believes a Conservative leadership election is likely.
Theresa May was reportedly told by 1922 Committee chairman Graham Brady that Tory MPs wanted her to resign yesterday.
However following the unsuccessful no-confidence vote last year, Conservative backbenchers lack a formal procedure to force Mrs May’s resignation.
Speaking to talkRADIO’s Mike Graham, Nick de Bois said: “The reality is it would be difficult for the Prime Minister to start the negotiations on a future relationship with Europe whether we agree a Withdrawal Agreement or come out without a deal.
“It strikes me as almost impossible for her to do that which implies there will be a leadership election sooner rather than later.”
Mr de Bois however did defend Mrs May’s demonstration of “mettle” in her negotiations with EU leaders yesterday.
He added: “My own view is that we shouldn't give up the ghost, she has shown some mettle in implying there could be a no-deal.
“What we have to prepare ourselves for isthe logic of negotiating a future relationship is unlikely to be with the Prime Minister, and I think it would be her choice to do that.”