Brexit: Gove and Fox back May as PM seeks to quell Tory revolt

Michael Gove and Liam Fox pledge their support to Theresa May as calls for leadership vote grow.

Leading Brexiteers in the cabinet have rallied behind Theresa May amid attempts to unseat her by Tory MPs.

Michael Gove said he “absolutely” had confidence in Mrs May as he confirmed he would not be following several other ministers out of the door.

And Liam Fox urged MPs to support the PM’s draft Brexit agreement, saying a “deal was better than no deal”.

It came as more Conservatives expressed unhappiness with Mrs May’s leadership and urged a confidence vote.

The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said about 20 Tories have, so far, publicly stated they have submitted letters of no confidence in the PM over her handling of Brexit.

This is some way short of the 48 needed to trigger a vote under Conservative Party rules.

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