Former Tory Minister threatens to bring down government if May backs no-deal

Nick Boles, skills minister under David Cameron said he would resign the party whip and vote "in any way necessary" to stop no-deal Brexit from occurring.

Boles, a Conservative frontbencher when David Cameron was Prime Minister, made the comments after the Cabinet agreed to increase preparations for no-deal.

The government has made £2bn of funding available for the plans, while putting 3,500 Army personnel on standby.

Mr Boles tweeted: "The Cabinet spent this morning discussing preparations for ‘no deal’ Brexit. I accept that it is prudent for the government to get ready for all eventualities. But I owe my constituents and my colleagues total clarity about my position."

"If at any point between now and 29 March the government were to announce that ‘no deal’ Brexit had become its policy, I would immediately resign the Conservative whip and vote in any way necessary to stop it from happening."

If Boles follows through on his threat in the instance of a no-confidence vote in the government, it would require a further seven Tory MPs to break ranks and back the vote for the government to fall.

Labour's position is to table a full no-confidence motion after May's deal falls in the House of Commons, or if they could be sure it would pass, requiring either rebel Tory MPs or the DUP to back the move.

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