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Brexit rebels pledge loyalty to May after talk of a plot to topple her


Reuters
LONDON
Brexit-supporting lawmakers in British Prime Minister Theresa May's party publicly pledged support for her on Wednesday after media reports of a plot to oust her by rebels unhappy with her proposals for exiting the European Union.
Since her botched bet on a snap election in June 2017 lost her party its majority in parliament, May has faced persistent talk of a leadership challenge which has weakened her as she tries to clinch a Brexit deal with the European Union.
About 50 lawmakers from the European Research Group (ERG), a grouping in May's Conservative Party which wants a sharper break with the EU, met on Tuesday night and openly discussed May's future, the BBC reported. It quoted comments from those at the meeting, such as"everyone I know says she has to go","she's a disaster"and"this can't go on."
But whatever was said in private, leaders of the group said on Tuesday they still want May to stay on.
"The policy needs to be changed but I am supporting the person,"Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ERG leader, told reporters,
"Theresa May has enormous virtues, she is a fantastically dutiful prime minister and she has my support - I just want her to change one item of policy."

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