Published On: Wed, Oct 9th, 2019

Brexit latest: No deal chaos as FIVE Cabinet ministers put on ‘resignation watch list’ | Politics | News

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.


7.51am update: Farage hits back at Merkel

The Brexit Party leader hit back on Twitter saying the choice was “now clear” for the UK after Merkel’s intervention. 

He tweeted: “No British Government could ever accept Germany telling us that part of the UK has to stay in the EU.

“The choice now is clear: A clean break Brexit, or stay in a new militarised empire.

“Time to choose freedom.”

7.45am update: New Brexit deal ‘very difficult’ 

Leo Varadkar has warned Boris Johnson negotiating a new Brexit agreement by the crucial EU summit will be “very difficult” ahead of their talks to avert a no deal Brexit. 

The Prime Minister’s chances of a breakthrough with Brussels were looking increasingly unlikely on Tuesday after accusations from Number 10 that the bloc was making it “essentially impossible” for Britain to leave with a deal.

Mr Johnson will hope to gain concessions from his Irish counterpart Mr Varadkar during in-person talks anticipated later this week.

But with the October 31 deadline rapidly closing in, the Taoiseach warned of the challenges of securing a new deal by next week – a key period in the Brexit saga with the summit in Brussels.

Mr Varadkar said Ireland and the EU would not accept an agreement at “any cost”.

He told RTE news: “There are some fundamental objectives that haven’t changed for the past three years and we need them guaranteed.

“I think it is going to be very difficult to secure an agreement by next week, quite frankly.

“Essentially what the United Kingdom has done is repudiate the deal that we negotiated in good faith with Prime Minister Theresa May’s government over two years and sort of put half of that now back on the table and are saying, ‘That’s a concession’. And of course it isn’t really.”

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