Prime Minister Theresa May continued her Brexit charm offensive with another Downing Street reception for backbench MPs.
Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg was among those attending the Number 10 gathering after a torrid day in the Commons for the PM.
Mrs May is hoping that backbenchers can be persuaded to back her controversial Withdrawal Agreement ahead of a crunch vote next Tuesday.
The reception follows a similar event on Monday which was aimed at garnering support for the PM’s stance in a more informal setting than the Commons.
The gathering came after Mrs May suffered a second embarrassing Brexit defeat on Wednesday when MPs insisted that if the PM’s withdrawal plans are voted down next week she only has three days to return to Parliament with fresh proposals.
Emerging from 10 Downing Street, Mr Rees-Mogg denied he wanted a hard Brexit.
He told reporters he wanted a deal, just not the deal negotiated by Mrs May.
The MP for North East Somerset also branded the Government’s defeat on Wednesday as “completely meaningless” because the motion could potentially “sit on the table” for years.
He added: “I’m all in favour of getting a deal, I just don’t like the deal that’s on offer at the moment.
“The motion today is completely meaningless.
“Some motions have sat on the table for about two years.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock and 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady did not respond to questions as they left the reception.