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Jacob Rees-Mogg HAS submitted letter to topple Theresa May after chilling threat over Brexit

Mirror logo Mirror 15/11/2018 Mikey Smith

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Watch: Jacob Rees-Mogg questions May's leadership in the Commons (PA)

Jacob Rees-Mogg has submitted a letter calling for a no-confidence vote in Theresa May, it has been confirmed.

The move is expected to trigger a slews of Tory Eurosceptic backbenchers handing in the letters that could force a leadership contest en-masse.

The confirmation comes just hours after the arch-Brexiteer issued a chilling threat to the Prime Minister over her Brexit deal.

Jacob Rees-Mogg wearing a suit and tie: Jacob Rees-Mogg prepares to send letter of no confidence in PM Jacob Rees-Mogg prepares to send letter of no confidence in PM In the key moment of his blunt statement, which brought the raucous House Of Commons to an awed silence, Rees-Mogg said: "As what my Right Honourable Friend says and what my Right Honourable Friend does no longer match, should I not write to [Graham Brady]?"

Brady is the chair of the 1922 Committee which collects letters of 'No Confidence' from Tory party members. If 15% of the party submits letters - 48 members - May will be forced to step down as Tory leader and Prime Minister.

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Just moments after that confrontation, claims began swirling that that the influential Brexiteer is set to call a motion of no-confidence in the Prime Minister.

a man and a woman looking at the camera © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Theresa May's face when she responded to Rees-Mogg showed she understood the gravity of the threat

The party and the Government is on a knife-edge after five ministers quit this morning over the deal including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey.

Jacob Rees-Mogg wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited The question was a calculated one from the thinking-man's hard-line Brexiteer

The number of letters has supposedly been around 40 for months - and Tory MPs say the 48 figure could be reached today.

However, a bid to oust her could actually strengthen her grip on the party.

Theresa May would retain her leadership if she could muster 150 MPs' to support her - and in that event, her detractors wouldn't then be able to challenge her leadership for another year.

Until now Mr Rees-Mogg has carefully supported Mrs May herself, despite slamming her policy.

But he was tipped over the edge after she agreed a 585-page Brexit deal with the EU - and forced it through her warring Cabinet.

Mr Rees-Mogg told the PM: "My Right Honourable Friend, and she is unquestionably honourable, said we would leave the customs union. Annex 2 says otherwise.

Theresa May et al. smiling for the camera © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

"She said she would maintain the integrity of the UK. A whole protocol says otherwise.

"She said we would be out of the jursdiction of the European Court of Justice. Article 174 says otherwise.

"As what my Right Honourable Friend says and what my Right Honourable Friend does no longer match, should I not write to [Graham Brady]?"

Jacob Rees-Mogg wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

The influential Brexiteer told Theresa May her words and deeds "no longer match"

As Mrs May responded, MPs loudly "oooed" and one shouted at Mr Rees-Mogg: "You're a disgrace!"

Last night Mrs May warned MPs must choose her Brexit - or no Brexit at all. She admitted there was an "impassioned debate" and "difficult days ahead".

Today she told MPs "I do not pretend that this has been a comfortable process". But they burst out laughing in the Commons as she claimed the deal will ensure a "smooth and orderly" Brexit.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Credits: PA

If 48 Tory MPs write to 1922 Committee chairman Graham Brady it will trigger a leadership contest

Tory MPs have claimed she will face a leadership challenge as soon as today - and her own former chief of staff Nick Timothy branded the deal a "horror show".

Brexiteers and Remainers are both furious at the deal because it includes clauses that could keep the UK locked in Brussels' orbit - with no say on its rules.

A 'backstop' plan will kick in - if there is no deal to stop a hard border in Northern Ireland - extending EU customs rules across the whole of the UK.

This will stop the UK signing trade deals with other countries around the world.

And not only does the backstop have no clear "end date", the UK would be stuck in it unless the EU gave its permission for us to quit.

a person in a suit and tie © Credits: REUTERS

Brexiteers and Remainers are both furious at the deal because it includes clauses that could keep the UK locked in Brussels' orbit

The deal also forces some checks on goods travelling between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK - a red line for the DUP, who say it would break up the precious union.

MPs erupted in laughter earlier as Theresa May stood by her "smooth and orderly" deal - moments after it forced five ministers to resign.

There was laughter as she said that it would allow the UK to leave "in a smooth and orderly way" on March 29, 2019.

a person sitting in front of a laptop © Credits: Jack Taylor

She agreed a 585-page Brexit deal with the EU - and forced it through her warring Cabinet

And MPs voiced disbelief as she insisted the 585-page agreement "is not the final deal" - because it must still go through EU leaders on November 25 and Parliament.

"The Brexit talks are about acting in the national interest - and that means making what I believe to be the right choices, not the easy ones," Mrs May said.

"I know there are some who have said I should simply rip-up the UK’s commitment to a backstop.

"But this would have been an entirely irresponsible course of action."

DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds blasted the Prime Minister to her face, telling the Commons: "She clearly doesn't listen".

He added: "£39billion has just been sent for nothing.

"We stand up for the whole of the United Kingdom... or we vote for a vassal state with the breakup of the United Kingdom."

Jeremy Corbyn confirmed Labour would vote the deal down, telling MPs: "This is not the deal the country was promised. Parliament cannot accept a false choice between this bad deal and no deal."

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