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The Foreign Secretary last night ratcheted up the rhetoric and implored Mr Johnson and Cabinet Brexiteers to back Mrs May “to the hilt” or risk the “real danger” of unhinging Brexit.

He told the Daily Mail: “We owe it to the Prime Minister to be rock solid in support as she battles for Britain.”

Mr Hunt pointed the finger specifically at Mr Johnson, claiming his posturing had created the possibility of Brexit being stopped in its tracks.

In an unambiguous message to his predecessor, he said: “Boris is a backbencher so he is free to say exactly as he thinks.

“But what I would say to Boris is be careful because there is a real danger that if all of us Conservative MPs do not stand behind the Prime Minister at a moment like this, the danger is that Brexit will be derailed altogether.

“I am sure that this is the last thing Boris wants.”

Mr Hunt last night used the newspaper interview to caution chances of a successful Brexit deal would be thwarted if ministers failed to get behind Mrs May at this “pivotal moment”.

He said: “The reality is that these were always going to be difficult negotiations and difficult negotiations always have a pivotal moment.

“This is that moment.”

The intervention comes as Cabinet ministers were warned the UK could face a £30billion “no deal” divorce bill.

A Cabinet source said: “The Chancellor revealed there is a Treasury legal opinion that says even in the event of no deal we hand over £30billion to £36billion to the EU.”

On another dramatic day in the Brexit process at least half a dozen ministers demanded Mrs May seek legal advice to ensure the country is not trapped in the arrangement against its will by Brussels.

The Cabinet also discussed the possibility of extending the transitional period by another year so that it would end in 2022.

The Foreign Secretary also urged Brexiteers to be realistic about how both sides need to agree on the deal.

He said: “We have to give Mrs May room to negotiate.”

He also used the opportunity to send a warning to EU leaders, imploring them not to repeat the “mistake” they made with David Cameron when he attempted to achieve concessions on the UK’s EU membership before the country voted to leave in 2016.

The MP for South West Surrey made the comments ahead of Mrs May’s crunch talks in Brussels today.

Donald Tusk said Brexit talks could be stalled until December if Mrs May does not come forward with fresh proposals tonight.


Source : EXPRESS

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