Ministers try to force May’s hand over Brexit as cabinet rift widens

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Ministers try to force May’s hand over Brexit as cabinet rift widens

Remainers and Brexiters alike threaten to resign as MPs prepare for second round of indicative votes

Theresa May’s government is on the verge of meltdown as cabinet ministers prepare to clash over whether to support plans for a softer Brexit and a possible lengthy delay before leaving the European Union.

In a decisive intervention, David Gauke, the justice secretary, said on Sunday that the prime minister would have to accept the possibility of backing a customs union if the measure is supported by parliament this week.

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