Boris Johnson is set to be crowned Prime Minister on Wednesday but many are threatening to quit


Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan faced a double blow last night before he even enters No 10. Polls show Mr Johnson is likely to win a comprehensive victory when the result of the Tory leadership race is announced tomorrow.

But in a sign of difficulties he faces once in Downing Street, senior ministers opposing No Deal including Philip Hammond and David Gauke announced they would quit the Government if he becomes Prime Minister.

They are among half a dozen ministers expected to resign on Wednesday, when Theresa May leaves office, rather than being sacked.

In addition, six more MPs were rumoured to be planning to defect to the Liberal Democrats if he becomes the party’s new leader.

And Mr Johnson is not just facing trouble from within his own party. Yesterday the Irish government took a hardline stance against his demand for a better Brexit deal.

Ireland’s deputy prime minister Simon Coveney insisted the EU would not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and rejected outright the idea of a time limit on the Northern Ireland backstop.

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