Here come the hardline Brexiteers, ready to topple May

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Theresa May and Boris Johnson
Fréa Lockley

In a fast-moving day of politics, some hardline Brexiteers appear ready to topple Theresa May. Jacob Rees-Mogg has submitted a formal vote of no confidence in May’s leadership. And many more could follow.

Tick tock

Rumours have been circulating for some time, but just after 1pm on 15 November, confirmation came through that Jacob Rees-Mogg had submitted his letter:

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According to Conservative Party rules, if 48 members (15%) submit a vote of no confidence to the 1922 Committee, it will trigger a challenge to the party leader. Now, the pro-Brexit ERG (European Research Group) – led by Rees-Mogg – is reportedly pushing for Tory backbenchers to topple May:

But as Rees-Mogg announced he’d submitted his letter, he also ruled himself out of any potential leadership challenge:

But he made some very clear and definite suggestions about who might step forward:

And at the time of writing, it is unclear whether Michael Gove will take a position as new Brexit secretary following Dominic Raab’s resignation:

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has seemed almost eerily silent:

However, former chancellor George Osborne’s paper noted that May is under serious pressure:

“Laughing stock”

As Labour’s Angela Rayner pointed out, with the UK being plunged into Brexit crisis, the true state of the Tory party is right on show:

As the Tory party falls apart before our eyes, many are wondering how long May can survive.

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