GETTYTheresa May is being advised to clear out the Remainers from her cabinet
Mrs May returns to the UK next week following a three week holiday, during which time several prominent Tory Remainers have revealed their hopes for a soft Brexit vastly at odds with the PM's vision outlined in her Lancaster House speech in January.
The knives have been sharpened for Mrs May ever since June's disastrous general election result left her promise of "strong and stable" government during tough Brexit negotiations in tatters.
Now those still faithful to the Prime Minister believe the only way she can reassert her authority is by showing her ruthless streak and culling hard Brexit naysayers from her top team.
Top of the hit list is Chancellor Philip Hammond, who has already faced calls to be sacked for suggesting a transitional period after Britain leaves the EU which closely resembled the existing membership of the customs union.Related articles
His comments appeared to have been timed to coincide with a policy push by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, another prominent remainer, who said free movement from the EU could continue after March 2019.
Ms Rudd is known to have leadership ambitions, and although she is not currently expected to lose her cabinet role, Mrs May will be worried about the apparent partnerhsip forming between her chancellor and her home secretary.
Also in the firing line are Conservative chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin, who has been partly blamed for the election failure.
Defence secretary Michael Fallon, education secretary Justine Greening and communities secretary Sajid Javid, all Remainers, could also be in trouble.
One hardline Brexiteer who is also tipped to be shown the door is Andrea Leadsom, Mrs May's former leadership rival and current