Cab­i­net stunned by Gove’s XXX claim

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­

MICHAEL Gove told Cab­i­net col­leagues hard­line Eu­roscep­tics like Jacob Rees-Mogg are like “swingers” at an orgy “wait­ing for Scar­lett Jo­hann­son to turn up”!

The bizarre barb from the En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary came as Cab­i­net met to dis­cuss the prospects of Theresa May’s Brexit deal get­ting through the Com­mons next week.

The PM is scram­bling to win over muti­nous MPs as she faces a dis­as­trous de­feat, but min­is­ters have been go­ing all-out to make clear to crit­ics that

killing off the pack­age will not re­sult in their ideal vi­sion of Brexit – as some Tories hope.

At Cab­i­net yes­ter­day, Work and Pen­sions Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd warned that his­tory would take a “dim view” if the gov­ern­ment al­lowed the UK to leave with no deal, say­ing the coun­try would be less safe.

Ms Rudd in­sisted politi­cians that had to ac­cept the world “as we find it, not as we wish it to be”.

She was backed by Mr Gove who com­pared Brex­i­teers who are re­fus­ing the ac­cept the With­drawal Agree­ment – such as Jacob ReesMogg – to over-picky swingers who were wait­ing for the per­fect part­ner to ar­rive at a party.

Re­spond­ing to Mr Gove’s ref­er­ence to the Hol­ly­wood ac­tress, Ms Rudd quipped that some MPs might be wait­ing for Pierce Bros­nan.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary David Gauke, who has con­demned wish­ful think­ing by Brex­i­teers, waded in to say that Labour seemed to be hold­ing out for Scar­lett Jo­hann­son “on a uni­corn”.

Jeremy Cor­byn has said he wants the UK to be in a cus­toms union but able to strike trade deals else­where – some­thing Brus­sels has flatly re­jected.

Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid is also said to have spo­ken neg­a­tively about the con­se­quences of no deal, sug­gest­ing the gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to tackle il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion might be re­duced.

With the prospect of Mrs May’s plan pass­ing the Com­mons look­ing re­mote, op­po­nents are push­ing their own vi­sions of how to pro­ceed.

Labour’s Yvette Cooper and Tory for­mer ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary Nicky Mor­gan have yes­ter­daay tabled an amend­ment to the Fi­nance Bill de­signed to make it harder for the gov­ern­ment to press ahead with no deal.

The change would ef­fec­tively limit the Trea­sury’s tax-rais­ing pow­ers, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult to re­spond to any dis­rup­tion from leav­ing the EU with­out a deal in place.

WISH­FUL THINK­ING: Rees-Mogg, Scar­lett and Gove ( be­low)

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