Amber Rudd brands No Deal Brexit an actual car crash – and hints she’ll quit

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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BBC accused of using actress to play Brexit-backing vicar on Newsnight

The BBC has been accused of using an actress to pretend to be a Brexit-backing pastor on Newsnight.

Dog collar-wearing ‘Revered Lynn’ appeared on the flagship show to fiercely defend Theresa May, urging viewers to “have faith in the government”.

She is the pastor for a tiny organisation called the Seeds for Wealth Ministries, which claims to “help you realise, release and walk into your financial freedom in Christ”.

However eagle-eyed viewers spotted that a woman who appears to be the same person regularly works as an extra under the name Marina Hayter – and was even in in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

The broadcaster denies the claims.

In a tweet, Newsnight said: "Claims that Lynn appeared on #newsnight as a paid actor are false. Lynn is a pastor and was a genuine participant of our Brexit debate.

"She carries out work as an extra using her middle name but this is not relevant to the capacity in which she appeared. #VicarGate"

Marina has a fairly impressive resume of roles on IMDB and extra jobs include: Bar Worker, Chemo Patient, Wedding Guest and Fun Fair Attendee.

Twitter is awash with theories that the BBC hired her to appear on the show – leading to “Vicargate”.

Labour peer Andrew Adonis even waded in.

He tweeted that “Lynn is a pastor and I am the Pope” before calling her a “fake pastor” and accusing the BBC of “a reign of lies”.

Many other agreed with him. One viewer said: "Reverend Lynn is in fact Marina Hayter.

"She has played numerous roles including Peasant Woman, quizzical librarian and shocked neighbour but no vicars until her starring role as Brexit deal fan girl."

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Another agreed: "WTF! This lady playing ‘Reverend Lynn’ is actually an actress called Marina Hayter (stage name?) who is a professional TV talk show guest.

"In other words, she was hired by @BBCNewsnight to say she backed May’s plan. This kind of undemocratic deception has to have consequences!"

But Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis accused Lord Adonis of “peddling fake news”.

She tweeted: "Not in this day and age.

"Not when we need our parliamentarians to be better and more trusted than ever.

"To have got to a place where you could choose to believe that enough to write it is deeply worrying."

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