Jacob Rees-Mogg’s no-confidence claims come back to haunt him after Boris Johnson’s result

Jacob Rees-Mogg called for Theresa May to resign when 37% of MPs voted no confidence in her – but supports Boris Johnson after 41% of MPs voted no confidence in him

Jacob Rees-Mogg made some big claims during the last no-confidence vote
Jacob Rees-Mogg made some big claims during the last no-confidence vote

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s claims about Theresa May haunted him tonight after his boss Boris Johnson suffered even worse than she did in a no-confidence vote.

When 37% of her MPs voiced her no-confidence in 2018, Mr Rees-Mogg claimed it was “a terrible result” for her and “she should urgently go to the Queen and resign”.

But today he said that casting just one vote would be “enough” for Boris Johnson. Hours later, 41% of Tory MPs voted against Mr Johnson – worse than the result for Mrs May.

He said today: “One is enough. That’s the rule in a democracy – whoever wins by a margin wins.”

The Brexit Opportunities Minister admitted tonight that his comments in 2018 were a “mistake”.

He told reporters: “Everyone has told me that I was both wrong and unkind and I accepted the view of my friends – and indeed some of my non-friends as well.

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“The former Chief Whip told me that this was the biggest mistake I’ve made in all my Brexit efforts.

“I thought about it and realized it was a mistake and unkind.”

MPs tonight voted 211 to 148 to trust Boris Johnson.

But well over half of the 211 MPs were on the government payroll. At the time of Theresa May’s vote of no confidence, Brexiteers were arguing that she had lost the non-payroll vote and should therefore leave.

In 2018, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “It’s a terrible result for the Prime Minister, it really is.”

He added: “Of course I accept this result.

Boris Johnson speaks after the result



“But the Prime Minister must recognize that under all constitutional norms she should urgently go to the Queen and resign.”

Pressed on the matter during a Sky News interview today, he said: “One thing is enough, it is no good saying the rules of the party say something and then unofficially there is another rule behind it that no one knows and made up for became purpose.

“Obviously I want the Prime Minister to get as large a majority as possible, I think that would help and it would wrap this matter up for the next general election, which would be good for the country and good for the Conservative Party, but one is enough.”

Asked if that means he believes Mr Johnson would have a “clear mandate” to govern if he won by such a small majority, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “To be absolutely clear, the answer is yes.”

He said the Conservative Party wrote the rules for a “simple up and down vote”.

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