The 13-second video showing Jacob Rees-Mogg flipping on Brexit voters

Jacob Rees-Mogg and EU/Union Jack flags in tatters
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A 13-second video has shown Jacob Rees-Mogg switching on Brexit voters. In the video, Rees-Mogg U-turns from calling for Theresa May to resign to saying that he “enthusiastically” supports the Conservative leader, in the space of five days.

Rees-Mogg has previously said May’s Brexit deal undermines the “integrity” of the UK and suggested it doesn’t honour the referendum result or her previous commitments.

But when Jeremy Corbyn tabled a non-binding parliamentary confidence vote in May’s leadership, Rees-Mogg changed his tune:

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Sky News also pulled up Rees-Mogg on his apparent flip-flop:

“Running scared”

Corbyn tabled the confidence motion after May postponed a Commons vote on her Brexit deal to the third week of January. Many people and MPs accused the prime minister of trying to ‘run down the clock’.

And it’s not just Jacob Rees-Mogg having a sudden change of heart. Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MPs have also indicated they will support May in the confidence vote in her leadership.

Despite this, No 10 has said that the government will simply not make time for Corbyn’s confidence motion. Labour Party chair Ian Lavery accused May of “running scared” in response.

Corbyn says Labour is trying to pressure May into bringing the parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal before parliament breaks up for Christmas on 22 December.

“Staggering”

Lots of people picked up on Rees-Mogg’s alleged hypocrisy:

While the confidence vote may not pass or even go ahead, it has exposed Conservatives such as Rees-Mogg. The leading Brexiteer spent weeks attacking May’s terrible deal, but when the crunch comes, Rees-Mogg has no teeth.

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