Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Johnson warned of legal challenge of suspending parliament to push through Brexit

Johnson warned of legal challenge of suspending parliament to push through Brexit

Boris Johnson, Conservative leadership candidate and favourite to win the race to be prime minister, has refused to rule out proroguing.

Johnson, the favorite to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May this month, has pledged to take Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal on October 31.

Ross Thomson, Colin Clark, Douglas Ross and Andrew Bowie - are now officially backing Johnson, and three MSPs - Michelle Ballantyne, Margaret Mitchell and Oliver Mundell - have said they'll vote for him to be the next Prime Minister.

"It had been incredibly frustrating that MPs on either side of the Leave-Remain divide had got so sort of entrenched that they just were not willing to make that compromise that would enable us to get the majority to get this through", May said in a BBC interview in 10 Downing Street on Friday.

Asked if she took responsibility for the failure to get a Brexit deal through, May said: "No".

"Instead we had a range of third-party anti-Brexit organisations and positions that chose to go to the court to derail basically the whole Brexit delivery and also to tie the hands of politicians, the government and Parliament".

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The Foreign Secretary insisted it was possible to get a revised deal with Brussels by the end of September, and said if it took "a few extra days" to get it through parliament he would delay Brexit beyond the 31 October deadline. "I think the public have got a very simple view".

Tory former global development secretary and hardline Brexiteer Priti Patel, who is backing Johnson, said she was "not at all surprised" by possible legal action, as she hit out at the "absolutely relentless movement to delay Brexit".

While wishing her successor well, she said she would continue to argue that leaving the European Union "with a good deal" remains vital, in a clear warning against a chaotic no-deal crash out.

"That is simply not acceptable and quite frankly the British public are sick to death of this, they want to see a government now, with renewed conviction, get out there and do exactly what it said it will do, which is now to deliver Brexit. It needs to return".

She also hailed the progress made in tackling some of the "burning injustices" she highlighted in her first speech after becoming prime minister.

Either Mr Hunt or Mr Johnson will take over from Mrs May the next day.

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