Theresa May given the weekend to change her Brexit plans or risk a Cabinet walkout.
A senior Cabinet source tells Business Insider that May faces a “killer moment” in Brexit talks.
Cabinet Brexiteers are angry with May’s refusal to put a definite end-point on her plans for a so-called Brexit “backstop.”
At least three ministers are poised to quit next week unless May changes course.
Under the planned backstop, the United Kingdom would effectively remain within the Customs Union indefinitely after Brexit, in order to prevent a hard-border with Northern Ireland.
LONDON — Theresa May has this coming weekend to change her Brexit plans or suffer a series of walkouts from her Cabinet, government sources have told Business Insider.
Leave-supporting ministers Andrea Leadsom, Penny Mordaunt, and Esther McVey are believed to be ready to quit the Cabinet if May agrees to a backstop which keeps the UK in the customs union indefinitely.
A senior Cabinet source told BI that the House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom will decide on Monday whether to resign once the prime minister has presented her final backstop proposal, with her Cabinet colleagues including Mordaunt and McVey also poised to quit.
McVey, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, refused to declare her support for May’s Brexit plans on Thursday after International Development Secretary Mordaunt refused to do so earlier in the week.
“This isn’t just one more little compromise from the prime minister to get a deal over the line… it is the litmus test for the taking back control… this is the killer moment,” a Cabinet source told BI.
“There will be a flurry of calls over the weekend between ministers,” they said. “These days ministers rarely say what they mean in Cabinet because everything gets leaked… The prime minister needs to hear the mood by Monday.”
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Source:: Business Insider