Jacob Rees-Mogg: Confidence vote 'flushed out' 117 'wise and good Conservatives'


After weeks encouraging enough MPs to demand a vote of confidence in Theresa May's leadership, Jacob Rees-Mogg got what he wanted yesterday.

"Owen Paterson, a former Northern Ireland and Environment Secretary who backed leave in the referendum, on Tuesday night wrote to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of Conservative MPs, formally stating he had lost confidence in the Prime Minister".

Solicitor general Robert Buckland told reporters: "She said "In my heart I would like to lead the party into the next election" and then that was the introductory phrase to her indication that she would accept the fact that that would not happen, that is not her intention".

"A significant number of colleagues did cast votes against me and I ve listened to what they ve said".

The chairman of the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory eurosceptics told the BBC: "It's a bad result for the Prime Minister, it really is".

Both Mr Duncan Smith and Mr Rees-Mogg denied reports that the rebels had nicknamed their Commons base for the vote "the kill zone", with the ERG chair claiming the "deeply disagreeable" moniker was invented by May supporters in the hope of discrediting them.

Brexit figurehead Nigel Farage tweeted that May "limps on to her next failure, the deal won t pass and the real crisis is close".

The ERG vowed to continue opposing Mrs May's "disastrous" Brexit deal.

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Theresa May is still the leader of the Conservative party in Britain, having officially retained the overall confidence of the Tory party following a tense inter-party standoff on Wednesday.

"Clearly she doesn't have the confidence of the House of Commons and she should make way for someone who does", he added.

"It's clear that she has not been able to negotiate the necessary changes in Europe".

Aside from the above, there's also the distinct possibility of having a Brexiteer Tory prime minister in charge or even a no-deal Brexit to follow and those two outcomes are possibly the worst ones for the pound.

His office said the pair "agreed to work to provide reassurance to the United Kingdom (but) the agreement can not be reopened or contradicted".

"I think what this vote today will do is flush out the extremists who are trying to advance a particular agenda which would really not be in the interests of the British people or the British economy", Hammond said.

The result of the vote means Mrs May will be immune from a leadership challenge for the next 12 months.

By the time of the vote, Mrs May's survival looked assured, with the tally of Tory MPs publicly declaring they would support her passing the threshold of 159 needed to secure her position.