Jacob Rees-Mogg has urged Theresa May to “see the Queen urgently and resign”, in what he believes is a “terrible result” for the Prime Minister. Despite “accepting” that Mrs May has won the no confidence vote, the Brexiteer MP believes she “clearly does not have the confidence of the House of Commons”. The Brexiteer MP argued: “It’s a terrible result for the Prime Minister, it really is. But think of this, about half the parliamentary party is either in Government, a PPS or a trade envoy, so it’s in the pay of the Prime Minister one way or another. Out of the remaining 160 or 170, 117 voted against her because you have to assume the payroll would vote for their boss.
“If you’re not getting your payroll to vote for you, anyone who’s on the payroll who didn’t vote for her should have resigned, and nobody’s resigned so you’ve got to assume the payroll’s voted for her.
“This is 117 out of 160, 170, this is a terrible result for the Prime Minister.”
He added: “Of course I accept this result, but the Prime Minister must realise that under constitutional norms, she ought to go and see the Queen urgently and resign.
“Constitutionally, if a Prime Minister cannot get their business through the House of Commons, and on Monday the Prime Minister stood up and said she was going to lose so heavily that she wasn’t even going to present the vote, and then discovers that the overwhelming majority of her party backbenchers and her non-paid backers have voted against her.
“She clearly doesn’t have the confidence of the House of Commons, she should make way for somebody who does.”
It was announced this evening that Mrs May won the vote of no confidence, with 200 Tory MP’s voting in favour of the Prime Minister and 117 against, giving her a majority of 83 votes.
After pledging to fight on earlier today, Mrs May said: “A change of leadership in the Conservative party now would put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it.
“A new leader wouldn’t be in place by 21 January legal deadline, so a leadership election risks handing control of the Brexit negotiations to opposition MPs in Parliament.
“The new leader wouldn’t have time to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and get the legislation through parliament by 29 March, so one of their first acts would have to be extending or rescinding article 50, delaying or even stopping Brexit when people want us to get on with it.
“And a leadership election would not change the fundamentals of the negotiation, or the parliamentary arithmetic.
“Weeks spent tearing ourselves apart will only create more division just as we should be standing together to serve our country.
“None of that would be in the national interest. The only people whose interests would be served would be Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.”
Published at Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:27:00 +0000