Brexit LIVE: No deal chaos as FIVE Cabinet ministers put on ‘resignation watch list’
Oct. 09, 2019
BORIS JOHNSON is facing a new rebellion from his cabinet over concerns of a no deal Brexit, with a group of five ministers poised to resign.
Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan, Minister for Northern Ireland Julian Smith, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, Health Minister Matt Hancock and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox are all on a “resignation watch list” after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest Brexit deal was dealt a huge blow by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday. A cabinet minister told The Times there was a “very large number” of Tory MPs that will quit if it comes to a no deal Brexit.
The news comes after ministers in a cabinet meeting warned Mr Johnson about the “grave” risk of the return of direct rule in Northern Ireland and raised concerns about his most senior adviser and Brexit mastermind Dominic Cummings.
A cabinet minister told the newspaper: “Cabinet will set the strategy, not unelected officials. If this is an attempt to do that then it will fail.”
Its comes after EU boss Donald Tusk accused Britain of playing a “stupid blame game” over Brexit after a Downing Street source said a Brexit deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands.
Meanwhile, EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned a no deal Brexit would cause the collapse of the UK.
With just over three weeks before the UK is due to leave the European bloc, 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.
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