SAJID Javid has hit back at Amber Rudd’s claims that nothing is being done to secure a new Brexit deal.
The Chancellor said the PM was “straining every sinew” to reach a new agreement with Brussels after Rudd said “80-90 per cent” of government time was preparing for the opposite.
Javid told the Andrew Marr Show: “I am absolutely clear that we are working wholeheartedly, straining every sinew, to get a deal and the Prime Minister is personally putting in all the significant effort you’d expect from a leader to get this done.
“I do know there is a [Brexit] proposal but it would be madness to start talking about it public.
“We’re learning from the mistakes from the past and one of those is having an alternative.
“But the Prime Minister set up a small group so we can move at pace.”
I am absolutely clear that we are working wholeheartedly, straining every sinew, to get a deal and the Prime Minister is personally putting in all the significant effort you’d expect from a leader to get this done.
Minutes earlier Rudd, who resigned from cabinet last night, told Andrew Marr that Boris Johnson was not spending enough time on getting a new deal with Brussels.
She said: “There is a huge amount of planning in getting No Deal.
But I have not seen enough planning in actually getting deal.
“I believe the Prime Minister is trying to get deal but I’m just saying what I have seen in government – there’s a huge machine for getting No Deal.
“Its 80-90 per cent of government time going into no deal.
“It drove 21 of my colleagues to rebel – and I must join them.”
The Hastings MP also revealed she was not quitting the party and wanted to stand again in the general election.
Rudd’s resignation shocked No10 with the Work and Pensions Secretary said she could no longer stand by as “good, loyal, moderate Conservatives” are kicked out of the party.
It is a fresh blow to Boris Johnson, just 48 hours after his brother Jo quit as Universities Minister.
The Prime Minister’s minority government is shrinking by the day as he faces twin battles with the EU and his own Parliament in his struggle to deliver Brexit.
In her resignation letter, Ms Rudd — a staunch Remainer — said she joined the Cabinet in good faith accepting that No Deal had to be on the table to help clinch improved departure terms.
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But she wrote: “However, I no longer believe that leaving with a deal is the Government’s main objective.”
Pals say she had become increasingly uneasy over the new PM’s hardline stance.
This morning it was announced that Thérèse Coffey MP would be her replacement in Boris’ cabinet.
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