Senior Tories are urging MPs to back away from provoking an early leadership contest this summer, after claims that some want to see David Davis take charge.
Some MPs are keen to see Davis replace Theresa May, claiming that the prime minister is so wounded that she cannot continue in office for long and that the party should act after its disastrous election result.
However, senior figures in the party are now saying it would be a mistake to remove May too soon. Calmer heads are urging restraint, warning that it would be hard to engineer the coronation of Davis – and that unleashing a messy leadership contest could be disastrous for the party.
I can only assume that these Tories are intent on political suicide, losing an election and letting Labour take over to sort the mess out. They need to get behind May and start singing from the same hymn sheet if they want to get the best from Brexit. Not start squabbling about a new leader. If someone else takes over they will be divided anyway, just as they always were over the EU.