Theresa May is ‘on her knees’ as she faces a Cabinet civil war over Brexit while poll shows two-thirds of voters back softer EU exit
THERESA May is facing a civil war with her own Cabinet over how Britain leaves the EU as minister plot a softer EU departure.
And the Prime Minister’s plan for a tough exit strategy have been dealt another blow with a poll suggesting two-thirds of voters back a so-called “soft Brexit”.
After a disastrous election result that saw her lose her majority the knives are our for Mrs May, with Remain-backers reportedly plotting to force her hand.
The Chancellor Philip Hammond is reportedly leading the charge, despite telling the Andrew Marr Show this morning he did want to leave the European Single Market.
One Brexiteer told the Mail on Sunday: “May is on her knees and Hammond is blatantly exploiting the fact.”
And David Jones, sacked as Brexit Minister by the PM last week, warned the Government would face the fury of voters if it now turned its back on a clean break with the EU.
He told the newspaper trying to keep the UK in either the single market or the customs union would be seen as an “absolute betrayal of trust”.
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However a Survation poll found support for the softer position is backed by an emphatic two-thirds of voters, while just 31 per cent of voters backing a so-called “hard Brexit”.
And only 35 per cent agreed with Mrs May’s hardline stance that no deal is better than a bad deal, with 65 per cent against it.
It comes as she unveiled a highly unusual move to roll two annual House of Commons sessions into one in an attempt to pass the Great Repeal Bill – legislation transferring all EU laws into British ones.
There are fears Tory supporters of a softer Brexit could join forces with Labour MPs to force through an amendment to commit the UK to staying in the single market.
Meanwhile the PM faces attacks on all fronts, coming under fire for her response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy – on top of everything else.
It is being reported senior figures have told her she has 10 days to save her job as up to a dozen of her own MPs are ready to begin tabling a vote of no confidence in her.