Prepare for chaos ... Brexit is about to blow-up
- Credit: PA Wire/PA Images
We still don't know much about Theresa May's mammoth cabinet meeting as she begged her ministers not to ditch the Brexit deal.
But one thing is clear – all did not go to plan.
Number 10 scheduled in three hours for the crunch meeting – it ended up coming in at a whopping five.
And as the confusion grew and patience was severely tested around Westminster the Brexiteers' anger spiked to levels not yet seen.
The European Research Group have always said they want a change in policy, not in leader. But facing the possibility of several of their much-repeated red lines being breached talk turned to their nuclear option.
You may also want to watch:
Many are now openly discussing putting in letters to the chairman of the 1922 committee Graham Brady in a bid to prompt a leadership contest. Only 48 letters are needed to automatically spark a contest and there are already significant numbers sitting in Brady's inbox.
There may not have been any cabinet walkouts yet, but remember that is was in the days after the Chequers meeting that ministers decided to throw in the towel.
- 1 These are the 322 Tory MPs who voted against extending free school meals to children
- 2 Betty Boothroyd delivers scathing assessment of Boris Johnson's government
- 3 Priti Patel set to hand private firms £28 million in government contracts to deport asylum seekers from UK
- 4 The harsh truths learned from halt in Brexit talks
- 5 Question Time: Ex-Tory minister accused of making 'sickening' comment about free schools meals row
- 6 Downing Street withholds praise for business and local authorities offering free meals to hungry children
- 7 At the upcoming US election, Donald Trump really is toast
- 8 Boris Johnson 'plans to resign' in six months because he can't live on £150k salary
- 9 Priti Patel bullying inquiry may never be released, hints Boris Johnson's new civil service boss
- 10 German MEP tells Boris Johnson he 'owes' Britons a Brexit deal as she urged a return to EU trade talks
It has been said before, but the next 48 hours are truly critical for May and Brexit. If her deal is deemed a dud anything could happen.
It may well make a second referendum more likely – but the risks are sky-high. If this deal dies a no-deal Brexit would be just as likely as a People's Vote.
The stakes could not be any higher.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.