Downing Street has boosted the stakes for the crunch Chequers summit that was held last Friday, with Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, is fully prepared for resignations as she aims to push forward on Brexit.
On Thursday night, some Cabinet ministers which include David Davis, Boris Johnson, Esther McVey, Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom, were said to be planning to organise a rebellion after the revelation of the plans of Theresa May to keep the United Kingdom “harmonised” with the European Union on goods.
It is understood that at least one of those names is ready to step down from their positions if they do not get a deal that they are happy with, with various sources reporting outrage and shock at the obvious last-minute changes in the policy.
However, the Prime Minister is reportedly standing firm regarding her plans, which have been “pitch-rolled” by Philip Hammond, the British chancellor, throughout the week.
One of the senior allies of Theresa May informed Politico that the Prime Minister had “a full reshuffle plan” that is already in place for any eventuality.
The source stated: “Collective responsibility will be asserted at the end of the day.”
He added: “A select number of ego-driven, leadership-dominated Cabinet ministers need to support the PM in the best interests of the U.K. — or their spots will be taken by a talented new generation of MPs who will sweep them away.”
He also told Politico that if any ministers quit, they would not be permitted to make use of their ministerial cars to make the 40-mile trip back to London.
The source stated: “Taxi cards for Aston’s taxis, the local cab firm, are in the foyer for those who decide they can’t face making the right decision for the country.”
He added: “It is a cold world outside government.”
He continued: “One or two empty cars returning might be a sensible amount of blood-letting.”