UK Prime Minister Theresa May was grappling with the biggest crisis of her premiership on Friday after a draft divorce deal with the European Union provoked the resignations of senior ministers and mutiny in her party.
Over two years after the UK voted to leave the EU in a shock referendum; it is still unclear how, on what terms or even if it will leave the EU as planned on March 29, 2019.
May, ever since winning the top job in the turmoil that followed the referendum, has sought to negotiate a Brexit deal that ensures that the UK leaves in the smoothest way possible.
However, Brexit Minister, Dominic Raab, resigned on Thursday over her deal, sending the pound tumbling.
Mutinous lawmakers in her own party openly sought to challenge her leadership and bluntly told her that the Brexit deal would not pass parliament.
May, who vowed to stay on as prime minister, was asked by a caller on an LBC radio phone-in on Friday to “respectfully stand down”.
She did not immediately reply to the caller.
“I haven’t appointed a new Brexit Secretary yet but of course, I will be doing that over the course of the next day or so,” May said when asked if she had offered it to Michael Gove, the most prominent Brexit-supporting minister in her government.
Gove gave no comment when asked outside his house whether he would support May.
The BBC said May had offered him the job of Brexit minister, however, he rejected the job.