The Prime Minister is reportedly ready to fight a General Election on a no-deal ticket if he can’t get a deal by October 31.
Dozens of Tory MPs are ready to quit if Johnson’s election manifesto commits the party to supporting no deal, with more than 50 set to rebel according to the Financial Times – including ‘several in the cabinet’.
And the Times reported five cabinet ministers – Nicky Morgan, Julian Smith, Robert Buckland, Matt Hancock and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox – are on a ‘resignation watch list’.
An unnamed cabinet minister cited by the newspaper said that a “very large number” of Conservative members of parliament will quit if it comes to a no-deal Brexit.
“Cabinet will set the strategy, not unelected officials. If this is an attempt to do that then it will fail”, the report quoted another cabinet minister as having said.
It comes after ministers reportedly warned Johnson of the “grave” consequences of backing no-deal in a “fractious” cabinet meeting yesterday.
The European Union have accused Britain of playing a “stupid blame game” over Brexit after a Downing Street source told Reuters a deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands.
With just over three weeks before the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU, the future of Brexit remains deeply uncertain as both London and Brussels position themselves to avoid blame for a delay or a disorderly no-deal Brexit.