THREE MORE MINISTERS IN ‘ADVANCED TALKS’ TO WALK OUT
“There’s no difference between them in that there’s total opposition to the Chequers proposals,” he said.
“Mrs May has been fired at – cannon to the left, cannon to the right – but is charging on into the jaws of death.
“This process has absolutely not delivered what the British people might have expected when they voted to leave the EU. My concern is not the Government collapsing, it’s making clear we can’t go on with this proposal.
“It needs to die a death and if as a result of that there is a rethink of where we are, so be it.
“Some things are more important than the survival of a government.” NO.10 is braced for more resignations after Boris Johnson’s brother Jo quit.
Sources say three ministers are in “advanced talks” to follow Transport Minister Jo Johnson’s lead.
An insider said: “They are planning the right time to do it. Andrea Leadsom and Esther Mcvey will be thinking about it. And Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt will be having a look at their positions.
“Dominic Raab is the key one. If the Brexit Secretary goes, what does it say about the whole process?”
Jo, 46, backed Remain in the 2016 vote and in his resignation statement on Friday called for a second referendum.
A backbench source added: “Jo’s decision shows there is another front opening. We knew Brexiteers are prepared to vote against whatever deal Theresa May brings from Brussels. Now you have Remain people who are equally hardline when it comes to the negotiations.
“On top of the ones we know are getting ready to resign, there are at least a dozen more thinking about whether they can support Mrs May.”
Remainer Tory MP Anna Soubry said: “Jo isn’t the only minister who shares these views and I hope others will follow his lead.”
SUPPORTER: Stanley with his son Jo
KEY: Dominic Raab