Amber Rudd abstained from the no deal vote on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)
The Prime Minister confronted Amber Rudd, David Gauke, Greg Clark and David Mundell after they abstained from the no deal vote. The dispute took place in a Cabinet meeting on Thursday that followed the collapse of party discipline during key votes on Wednesday night. One Cabinet source said the Prime Minister accused Ms Rudd and other Remainers of “disloyalty” for abstaining in the vote. Another source said: “She went bat****.”
Chief Whip Julian Smith said to those at the meeting there was no excuse to break collective responsibility.
He also praised junior DWP minister Sarah Newton for resigning so she could vote against, according to The Spectator.
When Mr Clark attempted to explain his actions by saying he was “confused” Mr Smith allegedly walked out the meeting.
Mr Clark’s efforts to justify himself “ended badly” after Mrs May shut him down.
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