Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rebel MPs poised to fight in parliament to stop no-deal Brexit

Rebel MPs poised to fight in parliament to stop no-deal Brexit

The pound, which has lost almost 20 percent of its value since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016, fell to as low as $1.1959 but then rebounded after Johnson lost his working majority in the British parliament on Tuesday following the defection of one of his Conservative Party MPs.

Only 58 days before the scheduled exit, the European Union said it had received no proposals from the British government aimed at overcoming the impasse, undercutting Johnson's claim that progress is being made.

The course remains unpredictable.

After the vote, Corbyn told Johnson that he must get the Brexit delay bill that will be discussed on Wednesday passed before trying to call an election.

The Conservative revolt comes at a cost as the party frays under Brexit pressure.

The bloc insists it won't renegotiate the agreement struck with former Prime Minister Theresa May, which Johnson considers unacceptable. The measure will need a two-thirds majority in Parliament to set a new vote.

The prime minister appealed to his own lawmakers not to support what he called "Jeremy Corbyn's surrender bill", a reference to the leader of the opposition Labour Party.

"I don't want an election but if MPs vote tomorrow to stop the negotiations and to compel another pointless delay of Brexit, potentially for years, then that will be the only way to resolve this", Johnson said minutes after he lost the vote in Parliament.

Johnson said if MPs vote for the no deal bill, the only way forward would be for the people to decide.

As such, he could just instead fix an election date for 15 October and through a shorter law seek a simple majority to pass an election motion.

That was its lowest level since a "flash crash" in October 2016, when uncertainty after the Brexit referendum was particularly high.

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The leader of the Brexit Party said he was ready to put "country before party" and "help in any way we can" if a snap poll is triggered.

The Prime Minister said he would table a motion under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act on Tuesday night.

Speaking with the sense of a man on a mission, Johnson outlined his recent G7 discussions including a free trade deal for Britain with President Trump in which the NHS would be off the table.

They essentially passed a motion to allow a debate tomorrow on a bill to prevent a "no deal" Brexit departure from the European Union on October 31.

Earlier, Mr Johnson's working majority in the Commons was wiped out just hours before the crunch vote.

Johnson said after the defeat: "The leader of the opposition has been begging for an election for two years". Despite this threat, Johnson lost the vote. Johnson's hardline stance has infuriated many longtime, prominent party members.

Dominic Grieve, who was attorney general in David Cameron's government, says the expulsion threats demonstrate Johnson's "ruthlessness".

He said such a result would lead to Brexit being overturned as he called for "some sort of accommodation" to be struck with Mr Farage. Former Treasury chief Philip Hammond warned of the "fight of a lifetime" if officials tried to prevent him from running in the next election. His outraged critics sued, and attorneys arguing the case at a court in Scotland completed submissions Tuesday. The judge is expected to announce his ruling on Wednesday (today).

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

Hammond, a senior member of the Cabinet two months ago, told the BBC on Tuesday that Johnson's claim of progress on the negotiations was "disingenuous".

Rebel Tory members of the British parliament are poised to join their colleagues from opposition Labour to bring forward a bill later Tuesday in a bid to stop Britain leaving the European Union on October 31 without an agreement.

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