Senior Tory makes desperate plea for warring Cabinet members to unite

A senior Conservative MP has ordered warring Cabinet members to unite behind a Brexit plan before they hand the key to No 10 to Jeremy Corybn.

Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the powerful backbench Tory 1922 Committee, said public infighting over the type of Brexit to pursue was alienating voters. 

Theresa May is taking her entire Cabinet to Chequers on Friday to hammer out at last a negotiating position for Britain with just nine months to Brexit Day.

The 'sleepover' at the PM's country retreat is supposed to finalise a White Paper on Brexit, spelling out policy goals on trade and customs. 

Sir Graham said failure risked disaster in the final rounds of negotiations with Brussels and would hand Labour leader Mr Corbyn a crucial advantage.  

Sir Graham Brady (file image), chairman of the powerful backbench Tory 1922 committee, has ordered warring Cabinet members to unite behind a Brexit plan before they hand the key to No 10 to Jeremy Corybn

Sir Graham Brady (file image), chairman of the powerful backbench Tory 1922 committee, has ordered warring Cabinet members to unite behind a Brexit plan before they hand the key to No 10 to Jeremy Corybn

Theresa May (pictured at Armed Forces Day celebrations in Wales yesterday)  is taking her entire Cabinet to Chequers on Friday to hammer out at last a negotiating position for Britain with just nine months to Brexit Day

Theresa May (pictured at Armed Forces Day celebrations in Wales yesterday)  is taking her entire Cabinet to Chequers on Friday to hammer out at last a negotiating position for Britain with just nine months to Brexit Day

Sir Graham said failure risked disaster in the final rounds of negotiations with Brussels and would hand Labour leader Mr Corbyn (pictured at an NHS rally in London yesterday) a crucial advantage

Sir Graham said failure risked disaster in the final rounds of negotiations with Brussels and would hand Labour leader Mr Corbyn (pictured at an NHS rally in London yesterday) a crucial advantage

The 'sleepover' at the PM's country retreat (file image) is supposed to finalise a White Paper on Brexit, spelling out policy goals on trade and customs

The 'sleepover' at the PM's country retreat (file image) is supposed to finalise a White Paper on Brexit, spelling out policy goals on trade and customs

In an article for the Observer, Sir Graham - chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservatives - said: 'The danger of disunity at the top of the party is not just that it makes the Prime Minister's job more difficult in negotiations with Brussels, and therefore puts at risk the good Brexit deal that is in reach, it also gives an impression of division to the country.

'Electorates these days are volatile, but one thing is certain: they do not vote for divided parties.'

Tensions over the deep divisions on how to proceed threaten to boil over, with Environment Secretary Michael Gove ripping up papers on future customs options in anger after his concerns about the proposals were downplayed.

Brexiteers oppose the PM's favoured option of a customs partnership with the EU, which would see the UK collect tariffs set by the EU customs union on goods entering the country on behalf of the bloc.

The Mail on Sunday revealed Mr Gove's dramatic move came during a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the customs plans. 

It said he erupted with anger after he felt he was being pushed towards Mrs May's preferred 'partnership', under which the UK would collect tariffs on behalf of the EU. 

When he was presented with a written summary of his views – which suggested he backed elements of the 'partnership' model – Mr Gove exploded and ripped the paper in half.

Michael Gove's (pictured) dramatic move came during a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the customs plans

The drama came amid growing fears foreign secretary Boris Johnson (pictured) will walk out of the summit

Michael Gove's (pictured right) dramatic move came during a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the customs plans. The drama came amid growing fears foreign secretary Boris Johnson (right) will walk out of the summit 

Last night, No 10 sources claimed a compromise between the two customs plans, dubbed 'max fac plus', had been reached and would be presented at Chequers. 

But it is understood Mr Gove yesterday remained unaware of the details of the new Downing Street plan.

Mrs May's allies were

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