'Three British ministers have held talks with an anti-Brexit campaign group that wants them to back a second EU referendum in defiance of the UK government, it was claimed last night.
It is understood that the Best For Britain group has held a series of talks with Remain-supporting ministers and MPs to encourage them to oppose Theresa May.
Best For Britain, which is funded by the billionaire financier George Soros, said it was "working tirelessly" to secure a second referendum, targeting ministers and Opposition MPs it believed were sympathetic to its cause.
Yesterday Phillip Lee, a justice minister who reportedly held talks with the group, became the first member of the government to resign over the Mrs May's Brexit policy.
Conservative sources said that four more junior ministers were considering following in Dr Lee's wake as part of a co-ordinated plot to scupper Mrs May's Brexit plans.
Sources close to Dr Lee said his resignation had been a "warning shot" to the government and that more departures would come if Mrs May had not made further concessions on her plans for a so-called "meaningful vote" and customs arrangements by the time two more Brexit Bills are debated next month.
Yesterday, on a day of drama and brinkmanship in parliament, Mrs May avoided defeat after a concession to Tory rebels over the meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal. Whips and ministers shuttled back and forth for hours during a debate over the EU Withdrawal Bill in a frantic attempt to reach a compromise with Remainers.'
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