Philip Hammond today refused to rule out a second Brexit referendum, saying it is a "perfectly coherent proposition and it deserves to be heard."
The Chancellor's words directly contradict Theresa May , who has repeatedly warned such a referendum would damage public faith in democracy.
It comes the day after more than a million people marched on Westminster demanding a 'people's vote'.
Mr Hammond told Sky News' Sophy Ridge: "I'm not sure that there's a majority in Parliament for a second referendum, but it's a perfectly coherent proposition.
"Many people will be strongly opposed to it, but it's a coherent proposition and it deserves to be heard along with the other proposals that you've got on the list."
Mr Hammond denied any role in reports of a cabinet coup against the 'toxic' and 'erratic' Prime Minister.
Asked if he was seeking to install David Lidington as 'caretaker' Prime Minister, he said: "No, that's not right at all.
"My position is that this isn't about individuals, this is about how we move forward.
"The Prime Minister's deal is my preferred way forward. But I'm realistic that we may not be able to get a majority for the Prime Minister's deal.
"If that is the case then Parliament will have to decide not only what it is against, but what it is for. Parliament will have to come together around a proposition that can get a majority."
He said there were lots of ideas from different factions, but that wasn't going to solve the problem without compromise.
"If Parliament won't compromise," he said, "we'll end up at the end of this process no further forward than at the beginning of it."
The Chancellor said Parliament would be given the chance to hold indicative votes on alternatives to Mrs May's Brexit deal this week.
"One way or another Parliament is going to have the opportunity this week to decide what it is in favour of, and I hope that it will take that opportunity – if it can't get behind the Prime Minister's deal – to say clearly and unambiguously what it can get behind," he said.
But Mr Hammond said a decision had not yet been made on whether Tories would be given a free vote on the matter.
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