Rebels dont have letters needed to spark vote on May as MPs lie about backing coup

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A Brexiteer coup against Theresa May doesnt appear to be going to plan as the group admitted that some MPs may have lied about their involvement.

So far just 26 Tory MPs have gone public with their votes of no confidence in the Prime Minister – much less than the necessary 48.

Now Brexiteer organiser-in-chief Steve Baker has confessed that the chances of more letters being submitted might not be as high as he once thought.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during the 2018 CBI Conference on November 19, 2018 in London, England. Theresa May defended her draft Brexit agreement before the audience of business leaders, asserting that the deal will restore UK control over its money, laws, and borders. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Theresa May is facing several votes of no confidence (Picture: Getty Images)

If everyone does what theyve told me, the line will be crossed by a big margin on Monday evening, Mr Baker told The Sun.

However, it has become very very clear that not everyone does what theyve said theyre going to do.

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He then continued: Conservative members of parliament who have decided that the only way to change the policy is to change the leader must have the courage and integrity to write the letter themselves.



Simply telling me theyre going to obviously isnt good enough.

Today Iain Duncan Smith led a Brexiteer delegation to Downing Street to beg Mrs May to go back to the drawing table and negotiate a new withdrawal agreement.

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg leaves his home in central London on November 19, 2018. - British Prime Minister Theresa May will today defend her draft Brexit deal to business leaders ahead of "intense negotiations" with Brussels in the coming week. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

The Brexiteers need 48 letters to get rid of the Prime Minister (Picture: Getty Images)

Which MPs do we know have sent letters of no confidence?

Andrea Jenkyns

Andrew Bridgen

Philip Davies

James Duddridge

Anne Marie Morris

Laurence Robertson

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Nadine Dorries

Simon Clarke

Steve Baker

Henry Smith

Maria Caulfield

Sheryll Murray

Lee Rowley

Martin Vickers

Peter Bone

Adam Holloway

Mark Francois

John Whittingdale

Ben Bradley

Chris Green

Marcus Fysh

Zac Goldsmith

David Jones

Sir Bill Cash

Philip Hollobone

A source later stated that the meeting was constructive while Mrs Mays official spokesman stated that she meets with colleagues all the time.

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It was previously estimated that the Brexit rebel group were just 11 letters short of the 48 needed – with Tory MPs believing it was only a matter of when not if.

But a senior Tory MP told MailOnline: Jacob [Rees-Mogg] is going to have a lot of egg on his face.

If they cannot even get 48 names together it shows they are not the force people thought.

Conservative MP Steve Baker speaks to the media in Westminster near the Houses of Parliament in London on November 16, 2018. - British Prime Minister Theresa May battled on November 16 to salvage a draft Brexit deal and her own political future. After a tumultuous Thursday in which ministers resigned and members of her own party plotted to oust her, May faced the public to defend her position, in a radio phone-in. Baker stood beside fellow Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg on November 15 as Rees-Mogg called for a new leader of the Conservative Party. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Steve Baker said some MPs have lied about their plans (Picture: Getty Images)

They are a total shambles.

Earlier this week Simon Clarke, who is among the 26 MPs to have gone public with his vote of no confidence, claimed Mrs Mays leadership was on the rocks.



He urged party members to come forward in hope that they can trigger an election.

It is quite clear to me that the captain is driving the ship at the rocks, he said.

The MP for Middlesbrough South and East added that tories should search their conscience and submit a letter to the 1922 Committee.



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