Prepare for chaos ... Brexit is about to blow-up

PUBLISHED: 20:36 14 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:42 14 November 2018

Theresa May could be toppled after Brexiteers rounded on the PM. Photograph: PA / Dominic Lipinski.

Theresa May could be toppled after Brexiteers rounded on the PM. Photograph: PA / Dominic Lipinski.

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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.

READ: Brexit deal: Cabinet backs Theresa May’s plan

And as the confusion grew and patience was severely tested around Westminster the Brexiteers’ anger spiked to levels not yet seen.

Theresa May has convinced her cabinet to back the Brexit plan - and now she faces a real challenge to cling on to her job
Photo: PA / Stefan RousseauTheresa May has convinced her cabinet to back the Brexit plan - and now she faces a real challenge to cling on to her job Photo: PA / Stefan Rousseau

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.

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.

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.

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