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Boris Johnson faces possible Tory meltdown as six MPs are reportedly planning to DEFECT to Lib Dems if he becomes new party leader

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at the Iikura guesthouse in Tokyo on July 21, 2017, Japan. (Photo by YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) © YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/GAMMA-RAPHO British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at the Iikura guesthouse in Tokyo on July 21, 2017, Japan. (Photo by YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson's Brexit plan faced a double blow last night before he even enters No 10.

Polls show Mr Johnson is likely to win a comprehensive victory when the result of the Tory leadership race is announced tomorrow.

But in a sign of difficulties he faces once in Downing Street, senior ministers opposing No Deal including Philip Hammond and David Gauke announced they would quit the Government if he becomes Prime Minister.

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It is said they could even consider joining the Lib Dems – depriving Mr Johnson of a majority even with the backing of the DUP. 

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: If six Tory MPs defected to the Liberal Democrats then Boris Johnson would be left without a majority © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited If six Tory MPs defected to the Liberal Democrats then Boris Johnson would be left without a majority

Sir Ed Davey, who served as Lib Dem energy minister in the coalition cabinet with leading Tory remainers, is understood to have been approached by Conservatives desperate to stop Mr Johnson. 

Tens of thousands of pro-European protesters march in an anti-Brexit Yes to Europe, no to Boris demonstration on 20 July, 2019 in London, England. The march through central London followed by a rally in Parliament Square takes place days before the new British Prime Minister, likely to be Boris Johnson, is selected to replace Theresa May by the members of the Conservative Party. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images) © WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto Tens of thousands of pro-European protesters march in an anti-Brexit Yes to Europe, no to Boris demonstration on 20 July, 2019 in London, England. The march through central London followed by a rally in Parliament Square takes place days before the new British Prime Minister, likely to be Boris Johnson, is selected to replace Theresa May by the members of the Conservative Party. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It would only take two desertions to wipe out the Tory majority and the Conservatives are also widely expected to lose a seat in an upcoming by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire.

A person dressed as Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage holds puppets depicting Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt during an anti-Brexit 'No to Boris, Yes to Europe' march in London, Britain July 20,2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson © Thomson Reuters A person dressed as Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage holds puppets depicting Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt during an anti-Brexit 'No to Boris, Yes to Europe' march in London, Britain July 20,2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Margot James, who resigned as a culture minister last week to support efforts to stop Parliament being suspended, is thought to be among the group who have discussed defecting. 

A giant inflatable blimp depicting Boris Johnson is seen near The Houses of Parliament ahead of anti-Brexit 'No to Boris, Yes to Europe' protest in London, Britain July 20,2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson © Thomson Reuters A giant inflatable blimp depicting Boris Johnson is seen near The Houses of Parliament ahead of anti-Brexit 'No to Boris, Yes to Europe' protest in London, Britain July 20,2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Yesterday she said she was not considering leaving ‘at the moment’, adding: ‘I want to stay working with this group in the Conservative Party as I do think there’s a chance of getting somewhere.’

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