20 MPs Move Against Theresa May.
Defiant Theresa Stands Her Ground.
Theresa May was on her feet for 3 hours in Parliament yesterday defending her Brexit plan. This planed was hammered out at the Prime Ministers country retreat 'Chequers' which her plan was named after. The plan seems to be a compromise between the leavers in her party and remainers. However, neither side it would appear is happy with the document consisting of 500 some odd pages. By now all parties in the House of Commons have received their copies as well as the EU.
MP's from her own Conservative party, Labour, the Lib Dems, the DUP and the SNP (Scottish National Party) rounded on her. However, she stood there taking a battering and was completely unbowed and defiant.
At the dispatch box, she defiantly resisted all speakers and said she would stick to her Brexit plan no matter what. Two MP's have already resigned from her cabinet Dominic Raab the Brexit Secretary and Esther Mcvey the Dept of Work and Pensions Secretary. Also, two minor ministers from the Northern Ireland office also left their jobs.
Brexit ever since the leavers won the referendum in 2016 has divided this nation right down the middle. From families, communities and the four nations that make up the UK namely England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many are calling for a new vote on the EU and it would appear from the latest figures many would vote to stay knowing what they know now (even leavers) because of the chaos it has caused.
Although according to figures the nation is improving many of the UK's poorest are still suffering. Austerity apparently said to be over by Theresa May herself and her friend Chancellor Philip Hammond is not the reality on the ground for many. This is the reality of the UK in 2018 plus all the shenanigans over Brexit. The UK really is in a poor state it would appear.
Michael Gove was offered the job of new Brexit Secretary by Theresa May but he refused when she told him he could not change the 'Chequers' plan. Gove was expected also to resign but so far he has stuck by the Prime Minister.
Twenty MP's have written to the 1922 Committee saying they have no faith in May as Prime Minister. 1922 Committee is the group in the Conservative party that triggers a leadership challenge. In all, it will take 48 MP's to enact any leadership challenge to Theresa May, however, May has said she would stand against any challenger.
A week, as they say, is a long time in politics and whether Theresa May wins the day on her Brexit plan and any leadership bid remains to be seen.
Meanwhile as regards her Brexit plan it has been approved by her cabinet but it still has to face getting through the Commons. Labour, the DUP and the SNP have said they will not back it and many of her own MP's have also declared the same. If by a miracle (and it will take one) her plan gets the thumbs up from MP's it then has to go before the EU Parliament. Even then it may not make it through but stranger things have happened in the world of politics.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Prime Minister In Waiting?
Many on the right of the Conservative party and in the country would love to see this toff as leader of the Conservative party and Prime Minister. His demeanour and mannerisms strike one as an Englishman from a bygone age. He is very calm and very intelligent and it appears he has made his move against Theresa May. Writing to the 1922 Committee a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Rees-Mogg has stated he harbours no ambition to be Prime Minister but it makes one wonder? If the 1922 Committee does indeed receive 48 letters from MP's it will almost certainly trigger a leadership bid. Will Rees-Mogg throw his hat in the ring to challenge May for the top job in the land?
If he does he may not be the only one. Boris Johnson, Penny Mordaunt, David Davis, Sajid Javid and others could enter the fray. Of course all this is speculation but what can one do but speculate in the lack of any clear information.
List of MP's Who Have Written To The 1922 Committee.
Anne Marie Morris
Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured).