Brexit: 80 Conservative MP's could rebel against Brexit deal

Brexit: 80 Conservative MP's could rebel against Brexit deal

"Chequers is the only plan on the table which will deliver on the will of the British people while avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland".

He said the Cabinet's top team of ministers would meet on Thursday to discuss preparations for a possible "no deal" Brexit.

"I have long said, and repeated again and again, that the policy needs to be changed but I am supporting the person", he said.

Opposition to Theresa May's Chequers plan, which Leave supporters believe would keep the United Kingdom too closely tied to the European Union, has grown over the summer recess, and backbenchers have warned that up to 80 Tory MPs would reject the deal in parliament.

"Virtually the only topic of conversation for 40/50 mins was how best do we get rid of her?" one Conservative MP told ITV's Robert Peston. "She should stay in place because we need stability and we need decent government as the backdrop to what we are doing in the coming six months", he said.

"I think the grave threat to the security and prosperity in the United Kingdom is a Marxist Labour Party in government", he told the Press Association.

The Environment Secretary described rumours of a direct leadership challenge "whether it was Boris (Johnson) or any other individual" as "loose talk" that might undermine the mandate for Brexit.

But officials in Brussels say that a concrete divorce agreement could be finalised as early as the first half of November and that future ties could be the subject of a political statement that would be fleshed out during a post-Brexit transition period.

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"We really aren't getting into the territory now of if she doesn't, because we don't want to be there".

Right now those jostling to remove her know they don't have any guarantees they would have the numbers to force her out, even though they may well be able to pull together enough MPs to submit letters to the chair of 1922 committee to trigger a contest.

If 48 letters are handed over, a vote of no confidence would be triggered.

Tory backbencher Michael Fabricant - who was at the ERG meeting - also played down the threat to Mrs May.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "There is an overwhelming majority within the Conservative Party that we respect the referendum result, that we implement it in such a way as to respect the integrity of the United Kingdom and the Good Friday Agreement and ensure that we are in a strong position to grow the economy in the years ahead".

"Reports of Theresa May's demise are greatly exaggerated".

But does it mean we are on the verge of a coup being launched against Number 10? "Though most are unhappy with Chequers".

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