The prominent Tory Brexiteer said the Conservative Party will no longer “tolerate” Mrs May’s Brexit plan. In a joint statement the chairman of the European Research Group (ERG) Mr Rees-Mogg and his deputy Steve Baker said: “Theresa May’s plan would bring down the Government if carried forward. But our party will rightly not tolerate it. “Conservatives must now answer whether they wish to draw ever closer to an election under Mrs May’s leadership. “In the national interest, she must go.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg last night launched a scathing attack against the Tory leader saying she had “not negotiated competently” and insisted she should have never accepted the structure of Brexit negotiations as set out by the EU.
When asked by BBC host Simon McCoy how he would have handled negotiations, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “She never should have accepted the structure of the negotiations set out by the European Union – that we had to negotiate some things first.
“We have allowed the European Union to say it can’t discuss the future arrangements and then have agreed to a backstop.
“But the backstop is a future arrangement, which apparently you can’t agree to.
“So, we have allowed the European Union to run rings around us.”
Mr Rees-Mogg then hit out at Mrs May. He said: “The Prime Minister is a Remainer and never really wanted to Leave.”
Enough Tory MPs have requested a vote of no confidence in Theresa May to trigger a contest, the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee has announced.
Sir Graham Brady said the threshold of 48 letters – 15 percent of the parliamentary party – needed to trigger a vote has been reached and a ballot will be held between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday evening in the House of Commons.
He said: “The votes will be counted immediately afterwards and an announcement will be made as soon as possible in the evening.”
During her speech outside the door of 10 Downing Street on Wednesday morning, the Prime Minister warned that changing Conservative leader would “put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it” and could lead to Brexit being delayed or prevented.
She said: “We must and we shall deliver on the referendum vote and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.”
It comes after a wave of new letters amid anger at the way Mrs May dramatically put on hold the crunch Commons vote on her Brexit deal after admitting she was heading for a heavy defeat.