Parliament silenced as Jacob Rees-Mogg threatens May with letter of no confidence

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP speaks in the House of Commons. Photograph: PA Wire.

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP speaks in the House of Commons. Photograph: PA Wire. - Credit: PA

The House of Commons fell silent as Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg threatened Theresa May with a letter of no confidence in the prime minister over her draft Brexit proposal.

Speaking to the House of Commons he said: 'My Right Honourable Friend, and she is unquestionably honourable, said we would leave the customs union. Annex 2 says otherwise.

'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.

To jeers and cries of 'disgrace' the Brexiteer asked: 'As what my Right Honourable Friend says and what my Right Honourable Friend does no longer match, should I not write to [Graham Brady]?'

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Reports that Jacob Rees-Mogg will hand in his letter shortly after the Commons session is likely to spark a flood of letters from colleagues in the European Research Group.

Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee, needs just 48 letters to trigger a vote on Theresa May's future.

Earlier this week Jacob Rees-Mogg insisted if Theresa May loses her job and if Britain was to crash out of the European Union it would not be the fault of the Brexiteers.

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