The Tory rebel has frequently voted against Mrs May in the House of Commons and has also submitted a letter calling for a leadership vote. But this evening he voted with Mrs May and the Government against fellow Tory rebel Dominic Grieve’s surprise amendment. Politics Home editor Kevin Schofield revealed Mr Rees-Mogg has not only voted with the Prime Minister but had also convinced a number of Labour MPs to do the same.
Mr Schofield said on Twitter: “Funny old world. Told that Dennis Skinner and Ronnie Campbell voted with the Government after being lobbied by … Jacob Rees-Mogg.”
Mr Rees-Mogg was desperate to avoid the Government defeat, which has now all but ruled out a no-deal Brexit.
This is because the amendment means MPs will be allowed to submit amendments to the Brexit deal if Mrs May’s current deal is blocked at next week’s meaningful vote.
Earlier today Mr Rees-Mogg got caught up in Commons theatrics during a debate.
The European Research Group (ERG) chairman, who led a failed charge to depose the Prime Minister ahead of an expected defeat over her Brexit deal, told MPs he would be backing the Government.
As the Labour benches groaned in response, Mr Rees-Mogg sighed “we’re not in pantomime season quite yet”.
Cries of “oh yes we are” inevitably followed from the Labour benches and Mr Rees-Mogg was forced to admit defeat.
“All right, I give in on that one,” he said.
“I’m defeated on that particular point but not on the substantive one.”
He added: “On these benches we must remember the great need for us when we are in power to defend the rights of Parliament for those occasions when we will not be.”
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