Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Sunday flayed Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, calling it a "suicide vest" around the British Constitution with the detonator handed to the European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.
He said comparing such an attack to the PM's plans "isn't funny", adding: "Some need to grow up".
"The carnage was disgusting, limbs and flesh hanging from trees and bushes".
David Gauke, the justice secretary, said he was "not a..." I think he's wrong on that. We look like a seven-stone weakling being comically bent out of shape by a 500lb gorilla'.
Back in the heady pre-Brexit days of early-ish 2016, top Tories were strongly opposed to explicit attacks on Boris Johnson.
"I had been a great fan of Boris Johnson, I thought he did an exceptional job as Mayor of London".
"Instead of canvassing tax rises we should say that tax henceforward will not go up", he wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
The Times leads on allies of Mr Johnson claiming there was a "sanctioned hit operation" being orchestrated by Number 10 after he claimed Theresa May's Brexit strategy was like a "suicide vest".
"Comparing the Prime Minister to that isn't amusing".
"The Brexit Minister must assume the role of the Government's political bomb disposal officer protecting the United Kingdom from the efforts of the bullies in Brussels to blow apart the Union or blast the result of the peoples' choice in the referendum to break the bands of EU bondage". "If it isn't now, I will make sure it is later", Duncan tweeted.
"I don't think analogies like that are particularly appropriate".
He said: "We have managed to reduce the great British Brexit to two appalling options: either we must divide the Union, or the whole country must accept EU law forever".
Tory MP Sarah Wollaston said she "very much doubted" she would stay in the party if he became leader.
And he condemned her vow to do whatever it takes to avoid border checks in Ireland, saying it was "insanity" and left Britain open to "perpetual political blackmail".
Alistair Burt, the minister for the Middle East, also criticized Johnson for the controversial remarks on Twitter.
Following a series of revelations, Johnson last week said that he and Marina Wheeler, his wife of 25 years, were divorcing.
Mr Javid said he did not expect a no-deal outcome, adding: "I'm glad the police and other experts are looking into this and thinking what might happen in a no-deal scenario".
The dossier accuses Johnson of "lying" about his affair with the socialite Petronella Wyatt, who had to abort his child, and claims he had an affair with the journalist Anna Fazackerley "on one occasion visiting both her and Petronella Wyatt on the same night".