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Former Treasury secretary hints no-deal Brexit could force him to leave cabinet

Former Treasury secretary, now Justice secretary ,David Gauke has suggested that he could leave the cabinet in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and that he would be “very surprised” if the prime minister backs one if her deal fails.

Gauke, who has been central to much of the government’s pensions and tax policy in recent years, including as secretary of state for work and pensions, told the BBC it would be “very difficult” for him to keep his cabinet role if no-deal became government policy.

He said: “I think making a conscious decision to proceed with no deal would not be the responsible course of action and I think we would have to look at what other choices were available to us.”

Questioned on the prospects of him remaining in the cabinet if this happened, he said:”I think it would be very difficult for me in those circumstances.”

Gauke added that people should back prime minister Theresa May’s deal to avoid an “accidental no-deal”, as senior Conservative Party figures continue to drift apart on the issue.

Leave campaigner and commons leader Andrea Leadsom has suggested a “managed no-deal” would be possible, while work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd has left the door open for a second referendum.

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