The Prime Minister gathered this morning her Cabinet to brief ministers on yesterday’s EU summit and her strategy to win over parliament ahead of the vote taking place in December. The Government is believed to put in place a huge PR campaign, including a possible TV showdown with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, to gather consensus. But Mrs May could not even have the whole Cabinet by her side, with Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom and Equality Minister Penny Mordaunt considered by some to be so unhappy with the draft Brexit deal proposed by the Prime Minister they may be about to resign, as reported by the MailOnline.
And other ministers, including Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, are said to have come together to push for a Norway-style agreement with the EU if Mrs May’s deal is rejected by MPs.
However, these internal divisions could hugely harm the party, as revealed to the MailOnline by a senior Tory source.
After addressing the no-deal scenario as a “disaster”, they spoke about the Norway-style option as something that could potentially “rip the party”.
They added: “Nuclear meltdown is about to take place.”
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Mrs May’s draft Brexit deal was yesterday approved by the EU27, after a heated week which saw Spain threatening to oppose the agreement until Madrid received veto power over decisions taken by the UK on Gibraltar.
The next step for the Prime Minister is to head today to the Commons and defend again her plan, which last week she said during a BBC Radio 5 Live programme was the best possible deal achievable by the country.
But Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston said it wasn’t “remotely possible” for the draft to pass through parliament.
The MP for Totnes and Chair of the Liaison Committee is one of the 80 Conservative MP planning to vote against the Government in the Commons.
Speaking to CNBC said: “I just don’t think it’s remotely possible that this deal would pass the Commons.
“That doesn’t necessarily mean that we would crash out with no deal because, certainly, parliament, British parliamentarians are very opposed to leaving with no deal at all.”
Earlier today Boris Johnson, former Foreign Secretary, branded the Government’s negotiation style “servile” and urged to chuck Mrs May’s plan to make sure Brexit won’t be in name only.
The so-called meaningful vote is expected to take place during the second week of December, possibly on December 12.