Conservative MP Peter Bone has said that a no-confidence vote in Theresa May is needed to sort out the Conservative party “one way or another”, and that there is still a "possibility" more Tories could submit letters of no confidence.
The future of May’s government seems increasingly uncertain after the government lost a motion on Tuesday, which required the government to publish the “full” legal advice on May’s EU Withdrawal Agreement.
Bone, who is a member of the Exiting the EU Committee, told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “We were pretty sure the opposition will lay a vote of no-confidence next Wednesday if the Withdrawal Agreement... is not approved.
“Then, that will be up to Parliament if they have confidence in the government or not.”
It 'needs to be done'
When Julia Hartley-Brewer argued that a Labour motion of no-confidence would simply unite the Conservatives behind the Prime Minister, the MP for Wellingborough agreed.
But he added that it was still a possibility that Sir Graham Brady would receive 48 letters from Conservative MPs against May.
“Exactly, I think that will happen but I think it depends what the DUP does because we don’t have a majority in Parliament,” Bone said.
“That is a crucial moment for the Prime Minister. I suppose the other possibility is that 48 letters go in to Sir Graham Brady and we’ll have a confidence motion in the Prime Minister.
“That probably needs to be done to see whether the Prime Minister does have the confidence of the party or not."