Claims of ‘infighting’ within the Conservative cabinet have arisen over the weekend, resulting in Theresa May being given the go-ahead by Tory backbenchers to sack disloyal cabinet minister. May, among others in the party, has called for MPs to ‘get on with their jobs’ after a letter of no confidence began circulation and last week’s leaked cabinet meeting. There are suspicions that there are a number of MPs who would like to see May ousted and replaced with either Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond, David Davies or another senior figure after the summer break.

May told the cabinet this morning that some of them were ‘not taking their responsibilities seriously’ as a result of their engaging in leaking and hostile briefings. The situation within government looks increasingly unstable, and Philip Hammond has suggested he wants to build a cross-party alliance to protect the UK’s economy after Brexit.

Lord Michael Heseltine, former conservative deputy PM, has also said that May’s appeal for party unity may have little impact. “It is going to get worse. There is an irreconcilable division within the cabinet, within the party and within the country. And there is nothing you can do but face up to that. It is damaging, yes. It could help Mr Corbyn into Number Ten, yes. But that is the nature of the divisiveness of the disastrous Brexit decision,” he explained. He also said he thought there may be a chance Brexit couldn’t happen, but that it was a remote one and it would depend on Labour changing its position.