Theresa May’s grip on Cabinet loosens as two ministers present rival Brexit plans

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Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has expressed support for a second referendum

Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph

Two of Theresa May’s most senior ministers have presented rival plans to her Brexit deal as Amber Rudd became the first member of the Cabinet to voice support for a second referendum.

Mrs May was struggling to maintain Cabinet discipline as Ms Rudd, one of the most staunch Europhiles in the Government, said there would be a “plausible argument” for a second referendum if Mrs May’s deal was rejected by Parliament.

Meanwhile Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom, the Leader of the House, used a BBC interview to push her own agenda for a “managed no deal” exit from the EU.

Mrs May was forced to deny that she had lost control of the Cabinet as she insisted all of her ministers were focused on getting her deal…

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