Brexit latest – Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson hold emergency meeting of mutinous backbenchers as Brexiteers pull trigger on leadership contest

The Sun | 3/29/2019 | Staff
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FURIOUS Tories led by Jacob Rees-Mogg are this afternoon pulling the trigger on a leadership challenge to Theresa May.

Boris Johnson joined an emergency meeting of mutinous MPs this afternoon where plotters were set to launch a vote of no confidence in the PM after a wave of resignations over her Brexit deal.

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Mr Rees-Mogg, who chairs the powerful European Research Group of pro-Brexit Tories, today called for Mrs May to resign - adding that a Brexiteer such as BoJo should replace her.

His decision to send a letter backing a leadership challenge will encourage allies to do likewise - putting the PM's career in mortal danger.

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It comes as ex-Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who lit the touch paper on the crisis by quitting this morning, told the BBC he wouldn't rule out running for leader when she is toppled.

The bombshell resignations from Mr Raab, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey and four others come after Mrs May revealed details of the deal she's thrashed out with Brussels.

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The agreement would leave Britain tied to the EU for years and could break up the UK by forcing Northern Ireland into a different legal regime.

On a day of extreme drama in Westminster:

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Mrs May today vowed to stay and fight if there is a vote of confidence - and predicted she will still be in charge when Brexit happens next year.

There were rumours the PM had been summoned to meet Sir Graham Brady, the Tory backbench chief who oversees leadership elections, but he insisted he's not planning a public statement today.

Mr - Rees-Mogg - Afternoon - Text - Letter

Mr Rees-Mogg this afternoon published the text of the letter he has sent Sir Graham - writing: "Regrettably, the draft withdrawal agreement presented to Parliament today has turned out to be worse than anticipated and fails to meet the promises given to the nation by the Prime...
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