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Speaking at a press conference to launch the the European Research Group’s (ERG’s) ‘Myths of leaving the customs union’ report, he said such associated language is “over-egged” and “damaging to the political debate”. Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “Coup is the wrong word. It’s a silly word. What I have done is use the democratic process within the party to say we have no confidence in the leader of the Conservative party. This is not an illegitimate process it is set out in the rules. This over-egged language is damaging to political debate.

Coup is the wrong word. It’s a silly word. What I have done is use the democratic process within the party to say we have no confidence in the leader of the Conservative party. This is not an illegitimate process it is set out in the rules. This over-eg

Jacob Rees-Mogg

“It is just like a general election in a way that is a legitimate way to get a new leader.

“People will make their decision whether they join me or not. That is a decision to them.

“In politics you have to set out your stall and what you believe in and see if people agree with you or not. It is not given to insist that people follow and that is one of the great virtues of our system.”

Last week, ERG members were confidently predicting they would get the 48 letters of no confidence needed to trigger a vote in Theresa May‘s leadership.

 

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Brexit latest: Jacob-Rees Mogg denied a chaotic overthrowing of Theresa May (Image: GETTY)

But Monday passed without any announcement from the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, they have reached that crucial tally, while the number of MPs who have publicly declared they have submitted letters remains in the twenties.

The plot to oust May is reported to have stalled over the past 24 hours, but could be revived after Parliament eventually votes in her Brexit deal.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “What we are seeing from the government is a deliberate decision not to deliver a proper Brexit. We have a government led y retainers who want to see us tied in to the EU as closely as possible.

“The Prime Minister said this was the deal she always wanted and the deal she has to is not a proper Brexit.

“As for the letters patience is a virtue, virtue is a grace.

“We shall see where the letters come in due time. And there’s a meaningful vote and we will see what happens with that to a government that seems to have alienated its confidence and supply arguments.”

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Brexit: Theresa May said her deal puts Northern Ireland in a “fantastic position” for the future (Image: GETTY)

11.05am update: May to meet Junker for Brexit talks on Wednesday 

Theresa May will travel to Brussels on Wednesday for Brexit talks with European commission President Jean-Claude Junker.

Downing Street said the meeting was part of the “ongoing negotiations over the future framework” agreement with the EU.

The talks could focus on the future long-term relations between the UK and EU, rather than the withdrawal agreement the Prime Minister unveiled last week.

11am update: Baker confident 48 confidence letters will be submitted 

ERG deputy chairman Steve Baker has also been speaking at the press conference.

He claims it is “very difficult” to see how there won’t be 48 Tory MPs demanding a no confidence vote in Theresa May if she loses the meaningful vote.

But he does not know if the 48 letters required for this to happen will be submitted to the 1922 Committee beforehand.

10.50am update: ‘There is another way’ – Rees-Mogg

Speaking at the ERG press conference, he said: The message you must have heard so clearly this morning is that there is another way.

“That’s really important because there has been this feeling that all that can be done is what the government is suggesting, there’s nothing else and it’s this way or no way.

“There is actually already a practical and well-thought through available set of systems that can be used, and that’s the key message from these great experts.”

10.40am update: Rees-Mogg denies CHAOTIC overthrowing of May 

The ERG chairman has denied a chaotic overthrowing of Theresa May, claiming such associated language is “is over-egged” and “damaging to the political debate”. 

He said: “Coup is the wrong word. It’s a silly word. What I have done is use the democratic process within the party to say we have no confidence in the leader of the Conservative party. This is not an illegitimate process it is set out in the rules.

“This over-egged language is damaging to political debate.

“It is just like a general election in a way that is a legitimate way to get a new leader.

“People will make their decision whether they join me or not. That is a decision to them.

“In politics you have to set out your stall and what you believe in and see if people agree with you or not. It is not given to insist that people follow and that is one of the great virtues of our system.”

10.30am update: Rees-Mogg dodges questions on confidence letters 

Jacob Rees-Mogg is dodging questions about how many confidence letters in Theresa May have been submitted to 1922 Committee.

Speaking at an ERG press conference to launch the publication of its ‘Myths of leaving the customs union’ report, the chairman of the group is refusing to say how many letters have gone in.

“What we are seeing from the government is a deliberate decision not to deliver a proper Brexit. We have a government led y retainers who want to see us tied in to the EU as closely as possible.

“The Prime Minister said this was the deal she always wanted and the deal she has to is not a proper Brexit.

“As for the letters patience is a virtue, virtue is a grace.

“We shall see where the letters come in due time. And there’s a meaningful vote and we will see what happens with that to a government that seems to have alienated its confidence and supply arguments.”

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Brexit: David Davis was mocked for a claim made around the post-Brexit transition period (Image: GETTY)

10.25am update: Brexit deal puts Northern Ireland in a ‘fantastic position’ for the future – May

Theresa May has insisted her draft Brexit deal puts Northern Ireland in a “fantastic position” for the future.

In an opinion piece published in the Belfast Telegraph, the Prime Minister claimed the region’s constitutional status within the UK had been guaranteed in the agreement.

She wrote: “The challenge of Brexit has always been to continue our deep trading links and security co-operation with the EU in our new relationship, whilst freeing us to take advantage of the opportunities, such as an independent trade policy.

“This deal strikes that balance, and puts Northern Ireland in a fantastic position for the future.”

Mrs May also said the deal provides “clarity and certainty” for businesses in Northern Ireland.

She added: It ensures they will have time to adjust to our new relationship, avoids a cliff edge, and therefore protects jobs and investment.

“Under this deal the future is certainly bright for Northern Ireland. It will be a gateway to both the EU market and the rest of the UK’s market.

“With a business-friendly regulatory regime, and strong representation in Westminster, it will remain an attractive place to live, invest and do business.”

10am update: Tories warned ousting May would be “self-indulgent and dangerous”  

Justice Secretary David Gauke has told his Tory colleagues that ousting Theresa May would be “self-indulgent and dangerous”.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said: “The idea that at this point, in the middle of a very delicate negotiation – that is hugely important to the future of this country – that we should remove the Prime Minister, essentially leave us leaderless for, certainly several weeks, possibly months, would be hugely irresponsible.

“And, what the country, I think, would expect from the Conservative Party is that we get behind our Prime Minister and make sure that she can deliver a good deal for the country.

“That’s what we are on course to do and I don’t think people should be talking about removing her at this point.

“I think that would be self-indulgent and dangerous for the country.”

9.45am update: David MOCKED over post-Brexit transition period claim

David Davis has been mocked after claiming the UK will still be able to enter a transition period after Brexit, event if it fails to reach a withdrawal agreement with the EU.

The former Brexit Secretary made the claim in a blog post on the ConservativeHome website.

Negotiators from both sides have already agreed the transition period, which is due to run until the end of 2020 and during which time the UK will be subject to EU rules, can only begin if a Brexit deal is reached.

But Mr Davis wrote: “We can deliver an honest and clean Brexit, leaving all the possibilities such as global free trade deals open for bright future.

“If we need to leave with no deal and negotiate a free trade agreement during the transition period, so be it.

“Let’s be clear and honest and tell the EU that’s what we are prepared to do.”

Lib Dem MP Layla Moran, of the pro-EU group Best for Britain, said: “These comments by David Davis are completely unbelievable. He is frankly just deluded or just plain stupid.

“It seems like the man who was in charge of delivering Brexit doesn’t understand the process. Surely you can’t have a transition without a deal?

“The truth is that there are two genuine options available to the Parliament and to the country: firstly the Government’s deal that loses us decision-making power and would leave us worse off, and second, our current deal that would keep our prosperity, keep our say over EU laws and trade agreements and deliver what the majority of people in the UK now want.”

9.25am update: Bank of England to BRING FORWARD analysis on how it would cope with no-deal Brexit

The Bank of England is bringing forward the publication of stress tests by a week to November 28 to provide analysis on how it would cope with a possible no-deal Brexit before Parliament votes on a deal.

The central bank said it would fulfil a request from Parliament’s Treasury Committee to provide analysis on how the draft Brexit divorce deal “will affect the Bank’s ability to deliver its statutory remits for monetary and financial stability, including in a ‘no deal, no transition’ scenario.”

The committee had requested the analysis be concluded in good time before Parliament votes on a deal.

9.20am update: EasyJet shrugs off Brexit fears – confident flights WON’T be grounded

EasyJet has shrugged off Brexit fears to notch up a 41 percent jump in annual profits, with the low-cost airline remaining confident flights won’t be grounded when the UK leaves the EU.

Pre-tax profits for the year to September 30 jumped to £578 million from £408 million from the same period 12 months ago.

Passenger numbers surged 10.2 percent to 88.5 million, with total revenue jumping 16.8 percent to £5.9 billion.

The airline said it is continuing to prepare for Brexit, having set itself up across Europe to be able to operate via airlines in the UK, Switzerland and Austria to enable ongoing flying in the EU.

It said: “Both the EU and the UK have said that their objective is to maintain flights between the EU and the UK, whatever the Brexit outcome.

“This gives easyJet confidence that flying rights will be maintained, and it continues to work with EU institutions, EU member states and the UK to ensure that this is achieved.”

9am update: ‘EXTREMELY IMPORTANT’ for withdrawal agreement to get through Parliament, business poll reveals

Allie Renison, the Institute of Directors’ head of Europe and Trade Policy, said a survey of 800 members revealed three quarters think it’s “extremely important” for a withdrawal agreement to get through Parliament in order to improve certainty.

Two-thirds said a no-deal Brexit would have a negative impact on their businesses as they struggled to know how to adequately prepare for this scenario.

Those polled were “pretty fairly split” on whether to have a second referendum, with a “very small” lead of two percent in favour of another poll.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Effectively it means that there is no real majority for reopening the discussion at this point at least.

“It’s not a big priority compared to getting a withdrawal agreement through.”

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Brexit: Dominic Raab dealt a major blow to Theresa May last week by quitting as Brexit Secretary (Image: GETTY)

8.45am update: Theresa May buckles: Secret Brexit papers to be PUBLISHED to avoid Commons rebellion

Confidential papers comparing the impact of Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal with staying in the EU and leaving with no ideal will be published in a major concession to Remainers.

The agreement to publish the economic analysis comes after Tory MPs, including Jo Johnson, brother of Brexiteer heavyweight Boris Johnson, signed an amendment to a Budget Bill in the House of Commons proposed by Labour’s Chukka Umunna and Tory Anna Soubry.

Mr Ummuna, who is campaigning for a second referendum, immediately hailed the news, and accused the Government of “trying the con the people” over the impact of leaving the bloc.

The Government opted to accept the amendment rather than risk a damaging Parliamentary defeat at the worst possible time for Prime Minister Theresa May.

8.30am update: Nick Boles attacks rebels for trying to BULLY May out of job

Nick Boles has launched a scathing attack against those trying to oust Theresa May as Prime Minister, accusing them of bullying her out of her job.

Writing on Twitter, the MP for the Grantham and Stamford constituency in Lincolnshire said: Do my colleagues not understand how normal people react when they see a group of middle aged men, led by two plummy-toned Old Etonians, trying to bully a conscientious and determined woman out of her job?

8.20am update: DUP fires ‘WARNING SHOT’ amid claims of BROKEN PROMISES

Theresa May’s DUP allies have warned the Prime Minister she has “seriously” broken her commitment to them over Northern Ireland’s treatment in the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

The party failed to back the Government on a number of amendments to its Finance Bill and instead supported an amendment proposed by the Labour Party.

The move effectively breached the “confidence and supply” agreement between the DUP and Conservatives, which provides Mrs May her parliamentary majority, as the deal binds 10 DUP MPs to “support the Government on all motions of confidence; and on the Queen’s Speech; the budget; finance bills”.

However, DUP MP Sammy Wilson said that “after a lot of thought and contemplation”, his party had to respond to Mrs May’s Brexit deal with a “warning shot”.

8.10am update: Sturgeon slams May’s ‘FALSE CHOICE’ over Brexit as she meets PM TODAY

Brexit must not come down to a “false choice” between Theresa May’s deal or a “disastrous” no-deal exit, Nicola Sturgeon has warned.

The Scottish First Minister said MPs are being told to choose either the “frying pan or the fire”.

And she said she will make the “strongest possible case” for divorce terms which keep Britain inside the European Union’s customs union and single market when she meets the Prime Minister later today.

The SNP leader’s intervention comes as Mrs May is facing further backlash over her Brexit deal.

Speaking ahead of meetings with the Prime Minister and opposition leaders today, Nicola Sturgeon insisted continued customs union membership is a “workable alternative” to the draft deal currently on offer.

8am: Hunt warns rebels ousting May risks causing ‘APPALLING DAMAGE’ to UK’s reputation

Brexiteers have been sent a huge warning by Jeremy Hunt that attempts to oust Theresa May as Prime Minister could cause “the most appalling chaos” in a move that could completely derail Brexit.

Mrs May will today meet her reshuffled Cabinet and attempt to rally them behind her following a week of chaos that saw a strong of resignations, including her own Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

Ahead of a the meeting, the Foreign Secretary said an official visit to Tehran: “Seeking to remove her risks the most appalling chaos that could be immensely damaging to our national reputation, but also destabilising and potentially stopping us getting through to the other side of Brexit.”