Jacob Rees-Mogg, one of the most prominent Brexiteers to so far speak out against Theresa May’s leadership explicitly, has called on May to resign now rather than face the no-confidence vote scheduled for tonight.
The Country needs a new leader, it is time for Mrs May to resign.
— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) 12 December 2018
His comments come as prominent Brexiteers that remain in the Cabinet such as Michael Gove and Penny Mordaunt have made public statements in support of Mrs May.
Mrs May has trotted out the usual lines saying that if she is voted out Brexit could either be stopped or delayed. However, a key aide to David Davis, his former Chief Of Staff Stewart Jackson has hit back at what he called “scaremongering nonsense”:
So apparently if Conservative MPs vote against Theresa May Article 50 will be extended. Given no other likely candidate will propose it, it’s not Govt policy and it would need legislation, that is clearly scaremongering nonsense.
— Stewart Jackson (@BrexitStewart) December 12, 2018
The vote of confidence will take place between 6 and 8 PM tonight with the results expected to be announced shortly afterwards.