PROMINENT Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has thrown his weight behind Theresa May, insisting she is the right politician to deliver Britain’s European Union divorce. The outspoken eurosceptic backed Mrs May amid speculation that senior members of the Conservatives are seeking to oust her from Downing Street by mounting their own leadership challenge.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was reportedly on the verge of challenging the Prime Minister before she managed to solidify her Commons standing by securing a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to keep Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party out of power.
According to reports, a close ally of Mr Johnson said five Cabinet ministers had urged the Foreign Secretary to challenge Mrs May if she lost control of the House of Commons.The ally said: “A handful of senior people have pledged their loyalty to Boris at Cabinet level.
“He has been inundated with messages of support. We are facing a populist and they have realised we need someone who can talk to the people. “We need a Brexiteer. Boris is the only option with liberal reviews, Brexit credentials and popular appeal.”Mr Johnson, however, took to Twitter to reject the claims confirming he is “backing Theresa May. Let’s get on with the job”.Speaking to the BBC’s Newsnight, Mr Rees-Mogg said many Conservative Prime Ministers had looked to have been forced out of Downing Street but managed to turn round things, remaining in office for years to come.
The Brexiteer claimed Mrs May, having signed a confidence and supply deal with the DUP, has the stable base to deliver Brexit.He said: “Being Prime Minister in tenancy terms is an assured short hold rather than a 1977 Tenancy Act. Some Prime Ministers look incredibly strong, and who will go on forever, but are gone quite quickly.
“If you take David Cameron in August 2015 – you thought he’d be there for years, and he’s gone within 12 months.“If you take Margaret Thatcher in 1981 – everyone is conspiring to get rid of her, and then the Falklands come, and she’s in for nearly another 10 years.”The Prime Minister overcome the first amendment attack on her Queen’s Speech in the Commons on Wednesday.
Mrs May received 323 votes, including 10 from the DUP, to reject Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to end the public sector pay cap of one per cent and the recruitment of extra police.It was the first Commons victory in Parliament from the Prime Minister since the snap election, which saw Mrs May lose her majority.
Mr Rees-Mogg added: “With Mrs May it’s very hard to tell, but she could be there longer than most people speculating. “With the DUP there is a basis of a parliamentary majority – Tory MPs don’t want an election, the DUP doesn’t want another election and a lot of backbench Labour MPs don’t much want an election either.
”The Conservative MP for North East Somerset proclaimed Mrs May was absolutely the right type of politician to be leading the country at this moment in time.Mr Rees-Mogg described his admiration for her “stubbornness”, adding: “What we need at the moment is someone who is resolute and carries on – that seems to me the leader that we have got.”He also rubbished claims of a Conservative plot to mount a leadership challenge, something he doesn’t “think is actually happening”.“None of these figures has tapped me on the shoulder, nor have their agents, and said why don’t you back so and so,” Mr Rees-Mogg concluded.