Maybe Jacob Rees-Mogg has no garments.

I am sorry to conjure that picture for you, however that, in a metaphorical sense, is the place the emperor of the European Analysis Group (ERG) – the faction of hard-line pro-Brexit Tory MPs – would appear to be.

The realisation is setting in that the prime minister’s critics haven’t managed to tug the 48 letters required to problem her out of a hat.

In consequence, the ERG occasion this morning, launching a brand new “reality checking” doc on world commerce and the customs union – “Truth, not friction” – felt like a gathering of the defeated.

Jacob Rees-Mogg insists that sending letters of no confidence in the Tory leader to Sir Graham Brady does not constitute a 'coup'.



The chair of the European Analysis Group reiterates the legitimacy of the method to unseat Theresa Might

As a lot because the assembled group, together with former Brexit Secretary David Davis, wished to interact on the problems, they had been repeatedly drawn on their failure to mount a profitable coup.

The irony is that the ERG, removed from toppling Theresa Might, have marginally enhanced her authority, while diminishing their very own.

The one card they’d – and it was a potent one – was the menace of mustering letters. For the brief time period at the very least, that risk would appear to have handed and the prime minister is safer.

Furthermore, their failure and their self-evident lack of organisational potential has decreased their standing.

Wavering MPs who might need thought-about backing a putsch are considering if they can not do that, what hope of them really delivering a profitable Brexit?

Their dysfunction reinforces Mrs Might’s personal strongest card – that of a quiet resilience and order.

That there is no such thing as a wise different. The sense that her opponents are hopeless.

It is what obtained her the job within the first place. For now, it is why she’s holding it.

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