A top Tory has compared Brexit to an actual car crash as she refused three times to rule out quitting the Cabinet.
Amber Rudd made the astonishing analogy as new Cabinet ructions emerged ahead of almost certain defeat for Theresa May’s deal.
And in a major development, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt suggested No Deal Brexit can be BLOCKED in Parliament.
Remain-backing ministers like Ms Rudd and Greg Clark fear the PM will full-throatedly back No Deal if her deal is beaten in the Commons.
Questioned by the BBC, the Work and Pensions Secretary refused three times to rule out resigning if that happens after Tuesday.
In the eyebrow-raising comments she said: "This government is right to have effectively a seatbelt on when we’re driving a fast car.
"To make sure we have preparations for No Deal just in case, but I intend to work with colleagues to make sure we avoid it."
And she slapped down Jeremy Hunt who said Britain could "flourish and prosper" with no deal.
"We will find a way to succeed but I do not think No Deal will be good for this country and I’m committed to making sure we find an alternative," she said.
Speaking later to the BBC, the Foreign Secretary warned there was a "risk of Brexit paralysis" if the deal is voted down on Tuesday.
And in a major development he also appeared to concede Parliament can BLOCK a No Deal Brexit.
Speaking after two government defeats over Brexit in two days, he said: "I think it’s now looking much less likely that parliament would allow a no deal outcome anyway.
"We’ve seen from this week that parliament has the ability to assert itself and shape outcomes.
"I think after this week the idea that parliament is going to do nothing at all is highly unlikely.
"Parliament can do lots of different things. William Hague wrote… it is very unrealistic, if parliament set its mind to it, to think parliament wouldn’t find a way."
Desperate Theresa May has even rung union leaders, including Unite’s Len McCluskey, amid warnings she faces the biggest defeat since the Second World War.
More than 100 Tory MPs have spoken out against the deal before Christmas, and since then only two have publicly changed tack.
The biggest post-war defeat was by 89 votes in 1979, according to academic Philip Cowley, of Queen Mary University London.
Before that Mrs May must look back to 1924, which holds the only three examples of a government losing by more than 100 votes.
Mr Hunt warned not to deliver Brexit would be "a fundamental breach of trust" that politicians would regret "for many many generations".
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