Rishi Sunak needs to be given "time and space" to finalise a Brexit deal with the EU, a minister said amid claims Tory frontbenchers are prepared to quit the Government if the agreement is not up to scratch.
The Prime Minister is trying to hammer out a deal to reduce trade friction and remedy the problems caused by the original Northern Ireland Protocol.
But there are growing fears among Tory Brexiteers that the deal will not go far enough in ending the EU's involvement in Northern Ireland's affairs.
There were reports overnight that some ministers are now on resignation watch as the Tory rebellion continued to grow and that they could quit if the deal risks Northern Ireland's place within the UK.
Maria Caulfield, a health minister, told her colleagues this morning that "we have to give the Prime Minister time and space" to do a deal as she poured cold water on the idea of imminent resignations.
She told Times Radio: "I am not quite sure what people are resigning over because a deal hasn’t been done. Let’s wait and see what the final deal looks like. I was in Parliament yesterday, I was meeting with ministerial colleagues, it was not the first thing that we were talking about.
"And so I am not sure that the speculation actually matches the reality of what is happening in Parliament at the moment."
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