Tory Brexit rebels fight among themselves amid 'plot to oust Theresa May'

Tory Brexit rebels fight among themselves amid 'plot to oust Theresa May'

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Tory Brexit rebels fight among themselves amid 'plot to oust Theresa May'

Hardline Brexiteers were fighting openly among themselves today over claims of more Cabinet resignations and a plot to oust Theresa May.

Veteran eurosceptic Sir Bernard Jenkin attacked media reports that quoted angry Brexit-backers threatening guerrilla tactics to derail the Prime Minister’s Chequers accord, including daily ministerial resignations.

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Tensions deepened with open displays of disobedience and disrespect for the Tory leadership — with backbencher Henry Smith publicly snubbing an invitation from the Chief Whip to join colleagues watching tonight’s football game on a big screen at No 10.

Haemorrhage of trust

Brexiteer Andrea Jenkyns, who quit as a ministerial aide in May to oppose a soft exit, said Right-wingers would “put country first”. She told the BBC: “I think if the Prime Minister makes further concessions with the EU then there will no doubt be more resignations from Brexiteers in the Cabinet, from junior ministers to PPSs [parliamentary aides] because there is only so much that you can give in a negotiation.”

Sir Bernard, a member of the European Research Group, later tweeted that his group was rejecting such tactics. “For the record, @BBCr4today and others, ERG is not expecting any further resignations, nor were we expecting any in the first place,” he wrote. The MP, a leader of Vote Leave in the 2016 referendum campaign, has warned of a “haemorrhage of trust” in Mrs May, but he stressed the ERG was not backing a leadership challenge, insisting: “We are supporting Theresa for PM.”

Former leader William Hague intervened with a warning to Right-wingers they could unwittingly reverse Britain’s exit from the European Union if they attempt to unseat the Prime Minister.

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