THERESA May is clinging on to power after Jacob Rees-Mogg and 59 other Tory MPs threatened to bring down the government if the Prime Minister refuses to drop plans for a post-Brexit customs union with the EU.
The Telegraph reports that the Sixty eurosceptic Tory MPs from the European Research Group, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, have sent the Prime Minister ‘a 30-page report’ on the issue.
May has been warned that if she accepts a customs union Brussels it be the beginning of the end to her weak and unstable Government.
Sources told the Telegraph that the Tory MPs will consider withdrawing support for Government Bills in Parliament that would put May’s future as Tory leader and Prime Minister at risk.
One ERG source said: “We have swallowed everything so far – but this is it. If they don’t have confidence in Brexit we don’t have confidence in them. The Prime Minister will not have a majority if she does not kill off the NCP [New Customs Partnership].”
Jacob Rees-Mogg added: “The customs partnership is incompatible with the Conservative party manifesto.”
Iain Duncan-Smith MP said: “The customs partnership is a non-starter and that report kills it stone dead. People have gone along with an awful lot of stuff but we are getting to the point when we really have to make clear decisions about what we want, not what the EU wants.
Their use of the Northern Ireland border has been a shameless process by the EU and we should have called it out a long time ago.
Now is the opportunity to say [to the EU] ‘enough’s enough’ – you either want to make an arrangement or you don’t.”
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