Leading Brexiteers in the Cabinet Michael Gove and Dr Liam Fox support May as Rees-Mogg and team struggle to muster 48 votes….reports Asian Lite News
22 Conservative MPs (till 2pm – The list is below) support Jacob Rees-Mogg’s call to unseat Prime Minister Theresa May. Meanwhile, in a crucial turn of events Environmental Secretary Michael Gove said he “absolutely” had confidence in May.
The controversial Brexiteer confirmed that he would not be following other Out campaigners. Meanwhile, former Conservative Chairman Dr Liam Fox urged MPs to support the PM’s draft Brexit agreement, saying a “deal was better than no deal”.
The call came as more Conservatives expressed unhappiness with Mrs May’s leadership and urged a confidence vote, BBC reported. But another Tory former Chairman Lord Andrew Feldman said the move will pave way for a Labour government at Westminster.
Rees-Mogg has submitted a letter to Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee, calling for a trust vote on May. Several other Brexiters have also called for her to go. Westminster circles say that Brady will soon get the 48 letters required to trigger a vote. If that were to happen, a no confidence vote would take place soon, possibly next week. If May survives the vote, her seat is safe for atleast one year.
If May lose the vote, the Queen will invite Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to form a government. Most Tories are fearing such a situation.
“A Corbyn-led Labour Government would be a disaster for this country,” former Tory chairman Lord Andrew Feldman wrote in Conservative Home. “And although Brexit is undoubtedly a seismic event; there is no need to for it to lead to a Tsunami, destroying all before it. The Conservative Party has faced momentous moments before. The reaction has always been pragmatism. Evolution not revolution. Steadiness and deal-making…
“So we need to make sure that we rally behind the Prime Minister and help her to deliver a sensible, measured deal. We need to do this to frustrate Corbyn and McDonnell. We need to do this in the national interest. And we need to do this to keep Marx spinning in his grave up in Highgate.
The confidante of former prime minister David Cameron wrote: The Marxists in Britain have been continually disappointed. They have lurked at the fringes of Labour politics for many years. Unfortunately, they have now entered the mainstream. They are waiting to seize their moment to impose their already discredited ideology on generations who have not experienced its horrors first hand. It is the duty of the Conservative Party to stop this happening. A Corbyn-led Labour Government would be a disaster for this country. And although Brexit is undoubtedly a seismic event; there is no need to for it to lead to a Tsunami, destroying all before it. The Conservative Party has faced momentous moments before. The reaction has always been pragmatism. Evolution not revolution. Steadiness and deal-making.”
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told an event in Bristol: “We are not elected to do what we want to do, but to do what is in the national interest.”
Speaking in public for the first time since the withdrawal agreement was signed off by cabinet, Mr Fox said he hopes MPs “will take a rational and reasonable view” of the deal, BBC reported.
“I hope across parliament we recognise that a deal is better than no deal, and businesses require certainty – it’s in our national interest to provide certainty as soon as possible.”
Below is the list of MPs who have publicly declared that they have written to Graham Brady calling for a no confidence vote in the Prime Minister.
- Steve Baker
- Peter Bone
- Ben Bradley
- Andrew Bridgen
- Maria Caulfield
- Simon Clarke
- Philip Davies
- Nadine Dorries
- James Duddridge
- Mark Francois
- Marcus Fysh
- Chris Green
- Adam Holloway
- Andrea Jenkyns
- Anne Marie Morris
- Sheryll Murray
- Jacob Rees-Mogg
- Laurence Robertson
- Lee Rowley
- Henry Smith
- Martin Vickers
- John Whittingdale