Amber Rudd resigns over Boris Johnson's 'short sighted culling' of government ministers

Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd

Then came a proposal - so far rejected - for an early election, Tory sackings and court battles over the PM's decision to suspend Parliament from next week until mid-October.

The news follows the resignation of Department of Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, who resigned from the Tory whip after the Prime Minister sacked 21 rebels and told Tory members he was minded to ignore an incoming law compelling him to extend Article 50's negotiating period until next year.

Rudd said in her resignation letter: "I joined your cabinet in good faith: Accepting that "no deal" had to be on the table, because it was the means by which we would have the best chance of achieving a new deal to leave on 31 October".

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Times, Ms Rudd also claims there is "no evidence" the prime minister is actually trying to secure a Brexit deal - despite his repeated claims that there has been progress.

But the suggestion was promptly ridiculed by BBC host Nick Robinson who claimed Prime Minister Boris Johnson would never be persuaded to grant a second vote.

Her resignation of the Conservative whip alongside her cabinet position will see her sit as an independent MP in the Commons.

Mr Stein said that, despite the polling, Number 10 is not panicking.

He said: "Well, Boris has often changed his mind about many things and that's one of his advantages which is very flexible".

"I think the Prime Minister was right to restore some discipline and I think he's right to expect it from his top team".

The legislation is expected to gain royal assent on Monday, and Boris Johnson has been warned he could face legal action if he chooses to flout it.

However, to do this, law requires that two thirds of MP's must vote for this.

Two days after the prime minister made the remarks, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State Dominic Raab told Sophy Ridge on Sky News on Sunday that "the prime minister is sticking to his guns" and that even though "we're going to keep going on with the negotiations" with the European Union to remove the controversial Irish backstop from the withdrawal treaty, "we must leave come what may" on Halloween.

Here is a breakdown of what has happened this week in the of commons.

The Sunday Telegraph reported further details of Mr Farage's offer to help the Conservatives in an election if the party decides to embrace a no-deal exit from the European Union as its preferred outcome.

The former Ukip leader is demanding that Brexit Party candidates are allowed to run against Labour candidates without Conservatives to contend with in the North, the Midlands and South Wales.

In return, the Brexit Party would campaign for pro-Leave Tory candidates in other seats and agree not to contest them.

Over the summer, Boris Johnson said he accepted the onus was on the United Kingdom to come up with alternatives to the existing plan.