In the immediate aftermath, several MPs called on her to re-consider her position and former Chancellor George Osborne, who has become a newspaper editor after being sacked by May, even said that she was a "dead woman walking". "This was not supposed to be in the script".
'It's about getting the Brexit deal right, it's about building that deep and special partnership with the European Union, but it's also about building global Britain, trading around the world.' Pressed to rule out stepping down before the next election, due in 2022, she replied: 'I'm not a quitter'.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, viewed as a potential candidate in any future Tory leadership contest, said the Prime Minister had his "undivided" support but former cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said it would be "difficult" for Mrs May to lead the party into the next election, due in 2022.
Mr Shapps told Radio Four's Today programme: "Theresa May has put a lot of emphasis on corporate boardroom responsibility and how the buck stops at the top, and I think it's too early to say, but CEOs are always judged on delivery and performance".
But many Conservatives kept silent.
Last year's Brexit vote triggered political turmoil in Britain, with the low point for the prime minister being the snap election in June in which May's conservatives lost their parliamentary majority.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated her intention to contest the next election in 2022, brushing off stern warnings by her fellow members of parliament that her leadership is in doubt.
10-man Iran hold on against S
Syria and Uzbekistan have 12 points apiece, but Syria are now in third place thanks to a tiebreaking edge in goal difference. Queiroz said both South Korea and Iran played "beautiful football" for fans at the stadium.
"I'm not a quitter", she said.
The prime minister may be hoping to lay to rest any early talk of succession as the Conservative Party approaches its annual conference in October. They said: "The fact is that everyone knows that she can't win a general election; she has just proved that".
The Labour Party was quick to accuse May of "deluding herself".
"And there are few places where the opportunities of doing so are greater than Japan".
She added: "There's been an bad lot of speculation about my future which has no basis in it whatsoever".
Debate over Mrs May's long-term ambitions was sparked after she told the BBC's Ben Wright in Kyoto that it was her intention to lead her party into another general election, whenever that was.
"She told the truth". Where did she go wrong?
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