Ms McVey used an explosive newspaper interview to stage the damning intervention. She sensationally quit the Government last month, citing concerns over Mrs May’s Brexit blueprint. The bombshell resignation attracted rumours of an intense fallout, with Ms McVey reportedly left in tears.
However, Ms McVey denied suggestions she got “emotional” during the heated exchanges at last month’s five-hour marathon Cabinet showdown, which resulted in her resignation – along with that of former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.
In an extraordinary admission, Ms McVey revealed she had been “shouted down” by Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill – the UK’s chief civil servant.
The Liverpudlian MP told the Telegraph: “No one in Cabinet supported me.
“I was astounded. What I was asking for was a vote on the most important issue in a generation.”
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She added: “I was accused of having a meltdown but actually it was the opposite way around because people were so adamant not to have a vote that various people, the chief whip, Sedwill, yes they did all (shout me down).”
The revelations come amid a turbulent week for the Prime Minister, as her Government was found in contempt of Parliament for the first time in history.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister appeared to suggest during an interview with Radio 4’s Today programme she was open to an 11th-hour vote on the so-called backstop arrangement.
She said she was “listening to colleagues concerns around this issue” and insisted the controversial plan was an “insurance” means only.
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The transition period is currently set at 21 months, though Mrs May has hinted it could be extended.
But her promise of a choice between the backstop and an extended transition period was dismissed as “hot air” by Brexiteers, signalling she is still on course for a potentially crushing Commons defeat on Tuesday, December 11.
Insisting that losing Tuesday’s meaningful vote would strengthen Mrs May’s negotiating position, Ms McVey said: “I still believe with four months left that the Prime Minister can get a better deal.
“She should go back to Brussels and say this isn’t going through the House, it has split my Cabinet, people have resigned and it isn’t what the country voted for.
“Only two or three things need to be changed, not the whole document.
“First of all there shouldn’t be a backstop – neither the EU and neither does our country so if nobody wants it, why is it there?
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“The £39billion is her trump card – she should offer half now and half when a trade deal has been signed.”
Ms McVey insisted her demands for a vote on Mrs May’s deal had sparked a “meltdown” in Cabinet as her colleagues “crumbled” around her.
The former TV presenter implored fellow members of Mrs May’s top team to “reflect upon” why they refused to be “accountable”.
She said: “I thought we needed to focus our minds because this was a huge change for the country.
“But when the moment came, my Cabinet colleagues chose not to say anything.
“People talk about accountability, people talk about transparency, people talk about politicians with integrity but when it came to the crunch the other people around the room crumbled.
“I said: I hope they weren’t like that in their EU negotiations.”
Source : EXPRESS