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Hard Brexiters hate taking responsibility, which means May is safer than she looks

Rees-Mogg and co do not want to confront the choices currently facing the PM, still less spell them out to the country. They just want freedom to complain that Brexit has been bodged

By Rafael Behr  

Arch-Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

All things considered, the most ardently eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party has been remarkably loyal to Theresa May. I doubt it feels that way inside No 10, of course. The Prime Minister is treated to Brexit demands from impatient backbenchers on a daily basis: no more compromises, no dilutions, sack Philip Hammond, wicked diluter-in-chief.The implicit threat is regicide. It takes 48 letters from Tory MPs to Graham Brady, the Chairman of the 1922 Committee, to trigger a vote of…

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