AMBER RUDD warned Boris Johnson there are enough anti-No Deal Tory MPs to bring down the government.
Despite signalling she would be ready to serve under him, the Work and Pensions Secretary trashed Mr Johnson’s Brexit plan.
And she signalled that any candidate seeking to force through a No Deal would be blocked by Parliament and brought down in a No Confidence vote.
She said: “There are a number of colleagues who have gone public saying they would consider [backing a No Confidence motion].
“And there are a number I know of privately who say that, so any candidate needs to factor that in as well into their strategy for the next few months.”
Challenged directly if the numbers are there to bring down a Tory government she replied: “I believe they are, yes.”
BRING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT
Former Tory Attorney General Dominic Grieve indicated he would take the ‘nuclear option’ last week.
Ken Clarke admitted he would have to help bring the Government down if there was “no other way” of stopping a No Deal.
Ms Rudd insisted she would not side against the Conservatives in such a no confidence vote. She sits on a wafer thin majority in Hastings.
But she urged Tories to get behind Jeremy Hunt in the leadership contest – saying he would do a “much better job” than Mr Johnson.
She said Boris’ “do or die approach” to getting out by October 31st ignored the huge impact on jobs across the nation.
And she once more hinted he could not be trusted by joking she would still think “very carefully” about getting a lift home with him – echoing her smear from the 2016 Referendum campaign.
“The challenge with Boris is that he is saying we are definitely leaving by October 31st, but that is not in his gift,” she said.