ARCH-REMAINER Amber Rudd today admitted she COULD back a No Deal Brexit if it's the only way to get us out on October 31.
The dramatic U-turn is a sign that No Deal is becoming ever more likely as rebel Tories fall in line.
Ms Rudd was previously the ringleader in a Cabinet effort to block No Deal and delay Brexit instead.
Her change of heart will be seen as an attempt to secure herself a ministerial job under Boris Jonson.
The Work and Pensions Secretary told talkRADIO: "Both candidates have said that No Deal is part of the armoury going forward, and I have accepted that.
"The situation is that we are leaving at the end of October but it would be so much better to get a deal.
"What we really need is for everybody's effort to go into trying to get a deal."
Earlier this year Ms Rudd teamed up with fellow Remainers Greg Clark and David Gauke to take No Deal off the table.
The trio suggested they would quit the Cabinet if Theresa May attempted to take Britain out of the EU without a deal.
Their intervention has been blamed for the collapse of talks with the EU on changes to the hated Irish backstop.
Ms Rudd once took aim at Boris, saying she wouldn't trust him to drive her home from a party – but is now believed to be aiming for a job in his Cabinet.
Ex-Tory MP Nick Boles joked today: "So she will let Boris Johnson drive her home after all – so long as it’s in a ministerial limo…"
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A close ally of Ms Rudd has told The Sun she is keen to stay a minister whoever wins the Tory leadership election.
She is angling for a promotion but would be happy to remain in her current role, the source said.
Ms Rudd is supporting Jeremy Hunt in the ongoing leadership campaign.
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