His main message to the Tory party’s pro-Brexit wing was that it was not too late save his leadership ambitions.
Facing defeat because of opposition from dozens of pro-Brexit MPs, the government agreed to changes, including a clause to toughen conditions over customs arrangements and another to ensure the United Kingdom is out of the EU’s Value-Added Tax system.
Their meeting will round off a week of fresh Brexit negotiations and any European Union rejection of Mrs May’s proposals could spark chaos in Westminster, as Leavers do not want her to make any more concessions to Brussels.
There is also the looming threat of a damning resignation speech by former foreign secretary Boris Johnson where he could chose to attack the prime minister over her Chequers proposals.
Calling votes of no confidence is the responsibility of the chairman of the 1922 Committee, which includes all backbench Tory MPs.
These are the Labour rebels who helped avert the defeat.
The prime minister was saved from a humiliating reverse by the votes of four Labour Brexiteers – and one sitting as an independent – who backed the government in the crucial division.
We have a Prime Minister who is in office, but not in power.
It gives the government the power to build new trade relationships around the world after the United Kingdom leaves the EU, and MPs who support staying in the EU’s customs union are seeking to change its wording.
The first step of a trade bill establishing the legal basis for Brexit has cleared the lower house of the British parliament with a vote of 317 in favour and 286 against.
Meanwhile, the government has abandoned the vote on on whether MPs should start their summer recess five days early – beginning this Thursday instead of next Tuesday – following criticism from lawmakers.
By 305 votes to 302 – with 14 Tories rebelling – MPs backed an amendment that prevents the United Kingdom from collecting taxes on behalf of the European Union, unless the rest of the European Union does the same for the UK.
British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly avoided a defeat in parliament at the hands of pro-EU lawmakers from her own party on Tuesday, fending off a rebellion that had threatened to deepen the crisis over her Brexit strategy.
“The only reason the government has accepted these amendments is because it’s frightened of somewhere in the region of 40 MPs”.
Conservative backbencher Anna Soubry has said that Jacob Rees-Mogg is now “running our country” after Brexiteer MPs forced government concessions on a series of key Commons votes as Britain prepares to exit the European Union.
“That was the vision of Brexit that we fought for”, he said.
Former attorney general Dominic Grieve accused the ERG of pushing ineffective amendments as “an exercise in bullying” and for an “entirely malevolent” reason.
The rebels included Guto Bebb, MP for the marginal seat of Aberconwy in North Wales and a junior defence minister, who dramatically resigned from his government job as he entered the No lobby with his fellow rebel MPs.
Boris Johnson is to make a personal statement to the House of Commons on his resignation as foreign secretary as Theresa May faces a grilling by senior MPs.
Veteran Tory MP Sir Nicholas Soames noted on “I don’t think in my 35 years as an MP that I have ever known such a truly unpleasant and deeply uncertain time in the House”.
“The Government’s handling of Brexit over the past week has been an utter shambles”, Mr Gardiner said.