Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Theresa May Visits Tokyo Amid North Korea Tension And Brexit Fears

Theresa May Visits Tokyo Amid North Korea Tension And Brexit Fears

She also confirmed the 2022 election was in her sights.

But in a series of interviews before her arrival, Japanese officials suggested completing the separate trade agreement with Brussels remained its top priority.

Some 45% of the public think it would be a bad thing for the Tories if they go into the next general election with Mrs May still as leader. We need to see that performance before we can possibly know how long she will stay in Downing Street.

"I think it is too early to be talking about going on and on, as Margaret Thatcher once said".

Party grandee Michael Heseltine, who was also sacked as a government adviser by May for rebelling over Britain's planned exit from the European Union, deadpanned: "I don't think she's got a long term".

"You have got to have an in between stage and that means action".

He said: "We'll end up having to pay more".

Mr Shapps stopped short of ruling out a leadership challenge, saying there was not an appetite "right at the moment".

She will hold a joint press conference with Abe later Thursday and meet Emperor Akihito on Friday before leaving.

This is very unusual coming from the Tory party, which tends to be a ruthless machine so focused on winning that it permanently keeps a window open in order to defenestrate a leader. She is weakened, she's not a victor.

Some 17% of Britons say Theresa May resigning would make them more likely to vote for the Tories, while nine percent say it would make them less likely to do so.

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives in Japan on an official visit on Wednesday with an eye to soothing Brexit fears and pushing ahead on early free-trade talks with the world's number three economy.

Meanwhile, Tory former cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said it would be "difficult" for the Prime Minister to lead the party into the next election.

"In response to this illegal action, Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe and I had agreed to work together and with others in the worldwide community to strengthen pressure against North Korea including by increasing the pace of sanctions".

"Theresa May leads a zombie government".

The London Evening Standard, now edited by George Osborne, the Conservative sacked by May as finance minister when she became prime minister past year, described her pledge to run again as "Like the Living Dead in a second-rate horror film".

"We need to get the Brexit deal right, deliver the right deal for the people of the UK", Ms May told Sky News. She's ideally placed to deliver a great outcome for our country, get a great negotiation done and then deliver what we all want to see, which is this exciting agenda of global Britain. "I am not a quitter", she told ITV. She really wants to deliver it.

But the gamble backfired, she lost her majority and is now propped up by the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists.

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