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Tory MPs BETRAY Prime Minister? Conservatives in talks with Labour to hold SECOND Brexit

Theresa May

BETRAYED: It is claimed Conservative MPs are conspiring behind Mrs May's back (Pic: GETTY)

David Lidington, a top cabinet minister, is said to have held a meeting with high-profile Labour Party MPs about backing another vote on leaving the European Union.

Mrs May has repeatedly refused to consider backing a so-called “Peoples Vote”, which campaigners say would see the public vote on the terms of a Brexit deal with an option of staying in the EU.

Last night, she criticised former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Labour MPs who back the idea as trying to “subvert the process for their own political interests”.

She said: “For Tony Blair to go to Brussels and seek to undermine our negotiations by advocating for a second referendum is an insult to the office he once held.

David Lidington

PLOTTER: David Lidington is accused of going behind Mrs May's back (Pic: GETTY)

Tony Blair

DISGRACE: Theresa May slammed Tony Blair for seeking to undermine negotiations (Pic: GETTY)

Chukka Umunna

LABOUR: Liddington is accused of meeting high-profile Labour Remainers like Chukka Umunna (Pic: GETTY)

Second referendum

BETRAYAL: Other Tories have warned another vote would be widely seen as undemocratic (Pic: GETTY)

“I have never lost sight of my duty, and that is to deliver on the referendum result.”

But according to The</span> Sunday Times, she is being betrayed by those closest to her, with Mr Lidington and Number 10 chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, plotting a second a public vote.

On Thursday, they reportedly met Chris Bryant, Ben Bradshaw, Angela Smith, Stephen Doughty, Chukka Umunna and Chris Leslie for talks.

The paper also claimed Mr Lidington is part of a group of senior Tories – including Amber Rudd, Philip Hammond, David Gauke and Greg Clark – who believe a second referendum is necessary.

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But other cabinet members are said to be furious at his behaviour, with a majority saying the two options for leaving the EU are either the Prime Ministers deal or a managed no-deal.

Other senior Tories have warned that backing a second referendum would be electoral suicide, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arguing the public would see it as “undemocratic”.

However, just this morning, cabinet divisions became apparent again as ex-cabinet minister Jo Johnson, who backs a second referendum, claimed senior Tories were discussing another vote.</span>