Theresa May was last night facing calls to quit immediately after more than half of her backbenchers and a third of her MPs voted for her to go. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leading Eurosceptic MP, said that the fact 117 Tory MPs had voted to remove the Prime Minister was a “terrible result”.
It revealed that the lack of confidence in the Prime Minister goes far beyond the 60-strong European Research Group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs, who were dismissed by Philip Hammond yesterday as “extremists”.
Mr Rees-Mogg said that it is time for the “men in grey suits” in the Cabinet – a reference to the ousting of Margaret Thatcher – to tell the Prime Minister to go.
He told Sky News: “There comes a point when everybody recognises they are simply not carrying people’s confidence. “We have a choice. Either she behaves like Margaret Thatcher and realises that is the case, or she behaves like John Major and leads the Conservative Party to a terrible defeat.
“I hope the men in grey suits will apply the clothes brush, put them on and head into Downing Street shortly.” Tory Eurosceptics are now considering a series of “aggressive” options, ranging from tabling amendments to Brexit legislation” to the “nuclear option” of voting against the Government in a motion of no confidence with Labour, the SNP and Liberal Democrats.
Iain Duncan Smith, who was ousted as Conservative leader after a confidence vote, revealed that he had voted against the Prime Minister. He told The Daily Telegraph: “It is not a good result for her. The party has said you have got to listen and make proper change to your legislation. The Party is very unhappy and very uneasy with her proposed deal.
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