Political adviser and former Downing Street chief of staff to embattled Mrs May Nick Timothy claims things have gone from bad to worse for the Prime Minister, adding the situation with Brexit resembles a “Mexican stand-off”. In his column for the Daily Telegraph: “Theresa May’s metaphorical gun is aimed at the MPs who back a second referendum. Whose guns are pointed at the no dealers. Whose guns are trained on supporters of Norway-plus. Whose guns are aimed at Jeremy Corbyn. Whose gun is pointed at Theresa May.” He later added: “Such a showdown between the Prime Minister and Parliament would spark a constitutional crisis and probably bring down the Government. “Some Tory MPs say they would vote against the Government in a confidence motion to stop a no-deal Brexit. Other, senior MPs – including some ministers – agree in private.
“Up to five Cabinet ministers would resign. It is very difficult to imagine the Government defying Parliament in this way.”
He also said that should her deal be voted down, a general election could be triggered by veteran left-winger Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr Timothy added: “But with DUP support, the Government will almost certainly survive.”
He also said should this happen Labour could push for a second referendum, sparking outrage among Brexiteers.
He said: “As MPs try to find a consensus, the decisions made by the Conservative and Labour front benches will be crucial in determining a Commons majority.”
Mrs May’s handling of the Brexit process prompted a flurry of MPs to throw in the towel, including Boris Johnson and his Remainer brother Jo, David Davis, Dominic Raab, Suella Braverman, Esther McVey and Steve Baker.
Mrs May’s new deal with the EU will see the UK shackled to the EU’s customs union and single market, though it will face a Parliament vote next week.
Mrs May herself survived a vote of no confidence before the Christmas period, which she won by 200 votes to 117.
This means a third of the Conservative Party did not back her.