Rebels dont have letters needed to spark vote on May as MPs lie about backing coup
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.
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.
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.
Which MPs do we know have sent letters of no confidence?
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A source later stated that the meeting was constructive while Mrs Mays official spokesman stated that she meets with colleagues all the time.
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.
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.