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Irreconcilables, waverers and converts: how the fate of Theresa May’s Brexit deal lies in the hands of 19 Eurosceptics

Jacob Rees-Mogg and Esther McVey could be persuaded, it is believed; Boris Johnson less so

As Brexit bombshells go, it was sudden and unexpected. By his own admission, David Davis’s revelation that he planned to vote for the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement left the European Research Group “stunned”.

The former Brexit secretary had been invited to address the influential group of Eurosceptic Tories by its chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg in a bid to give “all sides of the argument” ahead of Tuesday night’s meaningful vote.

But as the former leadership hopeful told The Telegraph: “I got a respectful but completely silent response. I think it’s fair to say I am not very popular with the ERG right now.”

In the end, Mr Davis was among 39 Tories to switch from voting against Theresa May’s…

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