Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boris Johnson to make Brexit statement

Boris Johnson to make Brexit statement

But Johnson took office in July promising to deliver the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit whatever the circumstances, and after talks with his top ministers on Monday evening, made clear he would not move.

That said, the opposition Labour party has been "less and less enthusiastic" about such a prospect, given "they're not doing very well in the opinion polls", said Travers.

Johnson has already warned Tory lawmakers that if they vote against the government, he will deselect them.

Johnson has tried to crack down on members of his Conservative Party who oppose his Brexit plans, warning them they would be expelled from the party if they supported the parliamentary efforts to block or delay Brexit.

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said it could be Parliament's "last chance" to stop a "reckless and damaging" no-deal Brexit.

Farage said that if Johnson was truly committed to leaving the EU without a deal, his party - which trounced the Conservatives and Labour in the latest European elections - would help the prime minister "any way we can".

"Armed and fortified with that conviction I believe we will get a deal at that crucial summit in October".

They are not willing to take his word that the election will happen on October 14, and want to push on with passing the No Deal legislation before agreeing to trigger a poll. The rebels plan to try and wrest control of the parliamentary agenda in order to pass legislation that would compel Mr. Johnson to seek a three-month extension to the deadline if he hasn't struck a deal by October 19.

The rebels' proposed law states that if MPs have not approved an European Union deal or endorsed a "no deal" scenario by October 19 - the day after the European Union summit - then Johnson must seek a delay to Brexit.

But if MPs voted against the Government and backed the cross-party Bill they would "chop the legs out from under the United Kingdom position".

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The Social Democrats, mired in a long-running national poll slump, are now in a long-drawn-out process of choosing new leadership. It was the first time since 1953 that a far-right party succeeded in winning seats in the national parliament.

Asked if Tory MPs would risk deselection over their position on Brexit, he said: "All of us believe that it is vitally important that Parliament has a say and that we can not leave the European Union on October 31 without a deal unless Parliament consents to it".

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said it could be Parliament's "last chance" to stop a "reckless and damaging" no-deal Brexit.

Even after the Prime Minister walked back through the door to 10 Downing Street following his speech, the pound did not recover and continued to trade at levels rarely seen since 1985.

The alternative is that Johnson himself calls a vote, although he would need the support of two-thirds of MPs.

He urged MPs to vote against the bill and said: "We want a deal, we don't want an election".

"An election will solve nothing - suppose there is by some miracle a Johnson majority; the European Union position is very simple and that is 'we're going to defend our single market created over 70 years, we're not going to allow you to bust it up, we're not going to give you a special privilege'".

Asked if Johnson was planning an election, his spokesman said: "He has been asked this on many, many occasions and his answer has always been that he doesn't want there to be an election".

Greening, whose constituency voted majority Remain, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I will not be standing as a Conservative candidate at the next election". "We are leaving on 31 October, no ifs or buts", said Johnson.

The Prime Minister's statement came as Tory MPs enjoyed a reception in the gardens of Downing Street - after being ordered to hand in their phones.

"Given the recent speculation on an election, preparations are under way and Alliance believes that we are well placed to be competitive in a number of constituencies", a spokesman said.

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