Brexit secretary accused of urging cabinet to vote against his own plan

PUBLISHED: 13:14 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:30 13 November 2018

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab leaves Downing Street
Photo: PA / Kirsty O'Connor

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab leaves Downing Street Photo: PA / Kirsty O'Connor

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The government’s Brexit secretary is reportedly planning to push senior cabinet members to rebel against the Brexit deal he’s working on.

Dominic Raab is expected to join forces with cabinet members to tell the prime minister that the deal from the European Union is unacceptable, and that she should plan for the UK to leave without a deal if there are no further concessions.

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The unprecedented move - reported by Buzzfeed - would mean that the man who negotiated the deal would be encouraging others not to support it.

The website claims that such a move would raise the pressure on Theresa May - increasing the chances of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab. Photo: PA / Peter NichollsBrexit secretary Dominic Raab. Photo: PA / Peter Nicholls

Raab has previously threatened a no-deal if the EU does not back down on its demands regarding Northern Ireland, but it had been viewed as an attempt to get a better deal.

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It is, however, now claimed that the Brexit secretary now believes that a no-deal scenario would be manageable, despite all of the warnings in papers issued by his own department.

“There is no point agreeing a deal which will be voted down by parliament, cause the PM to fall, and result in chaos,” a cabinet source told Buzzfeed.

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Dominic Raab recently said that he hadn’t understood the improtance of the Dover-Calais crossing. An admission that was widely-ridiculed by his political opponents.

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