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British PM facing no-deal Brexit cabinet rebellion - report

Five Cabinet ministers and 'very large number' of Conservative MPs said to be prepared to quit over no-deal Brexit.

    The Times is reporting that Boris Johnson faces a cabinet rebellion over a 'no-deal' Brexit. [File:Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via Reuters]
    The Times is reporting that Boris Johnson faces a cabinet rebellion over a 'no-deal' Brexit. [File:Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via Reuters]

    United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a new rebellion from his cabinet over concerns of a no-deal Brexit, with a group of cabinet ministers poised to resign, The Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.

    Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan, British Minister for Northern Ireland Julian Smith, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, Health Minister Matt Hancock and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox are all on a "resignation watch list", according to The Times report.

    An unnamed cabinet minister cited by the newspaper said that a "very large number" of Conservative members of parliament would also quit if it came to a no-deal Brexit.

    The Times said that ministers had warned Johnson in a cabinet meeting about the "grave" risk of the return of direct rule in Northern Ireland and raised concerns about Dominic Cummings, Johnson's most senior adviser.

    "Cabinet will set the strategy, not unelected officials. If this is an attempt to do that then it will fail", the report quoted another cabinet minister as saying.

    The report comes as the European Union accused Britain of playing a "stupid blame game" over Brexit after a Downing Street source told Reuters a deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands.

    With just over three weeks before the UK is due to leave the European bloc, the future of Brexit remains deeply uncertain as London and Brussels position themselves to avoid blame for a delay or a disorderly no-deal Brexit.

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    SOURCE: Reuters news agency