By Lara Keay For Mailonline
Published: 07:22 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 07:23 BST, 1 September 2019
Boris Johnson has given Tory rebels an ultimatum ahead of a Commons clash over Brexit on Tuesday, warning: 'It's me or Jeremy Corbyn'.
Downing Street ratcheted-up the rhetoric, with those trying to create a cross-party MP group to stop a no-deal Brexit branded 'deceitful and underhand'.
In his first interview since becoming Prime Minister, Mr Johnson said Tory remainers have a 'fundamental choice'.
While he is offering a £3.5billion spending 'bonanza' for local authorities, including £1billion for social care, he told the Sunday Times the alternative to not backing him through Brexit is 'Corbyn chaos'.
He said: 'I just say to everybody in the country, including everyone in parliament, the fundamental choice is this: are you going to side with Jeremy Corbyn and those who want to cancel the referendum?
'Are you going to side with those who want to scrub the democratic verdict of the people - and plunge this country into chaos.'
Boris Johnson (pictured on Friday, left) has given Tory rebels an ultimatum ahead of a Commons clash over Brexit on Tuesday, warning: 'It's me or Jeremy Corbyn' (pictured yesterday in Glasgow, right)
The comments came ahead of an expected Commons clash on Tuesday when opponents of no- deal look set to try and seize control of the parliamentary agenda to push through legislation that would force the PM to seek a Brexit extension from Brussels beyond October 31.
Staunch Johnson ally and Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg strongly attacked such an action.
Mr Rees-Mogg told The Mail on Sunday: 'They dare not use the confidence procedures because they know that Jeremy Corbyn is too unpopular, and therefore they seek deceitful ends