Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

Boris orders Remainers to be ‘quiet’ or face their no deal nightmare | UK | News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ramped up negotiations with the European Union and warned MPs that are against a no deal that they are damaging his chances of securing an agreement with the bloc. Mr Johnson sparked fury among many MPs and campaigners earlier this week after he announced he would prorogue Parliament ahead of the Queen’s Speech on October 14, which effectively will limit the amount of time those against a no deal exit have to halt his plans. But, speaking to Sky News, the Prime Minister warned MPs about blocking his plans to pull the UK out of the EU without a deal at the end of October if an agreement with Brussels cannot be reached. The Prime Minister hinted that if MPs continue to interfere in the process and are not quiet, a no deal exit will become more likely.

He said: “We are coming up to the last period before we leave on October 31 and in that period Parliament is going to have a lot of time still, they spent three years debating Brexit by the way, without getting it over the line.

“They are going to have a lot of time for further consideration. And what I want to do now, which I think most people in the country want the Government to do is to get on, and try and get an agreement, but if we can’t get an agreement, get ready to come out anyway.”

He added: “It’s by getting ready to come out anyway that we’ve greatly strengthened our position with our friends and partners in the EU. Because they see that we are serious.

“Just to get back to Parliament, I am afraid that the more our friends and partners think at the back of their minds that Brexit could be stopped, that the UK could be kept in by Parliament, the less likely they are to give us the deal we need.

“That’s why I really hope MPs will allow the UK to do a deal and to get ready for a no deal Brexit, that is the best way for our country moving forward, believe me.”

ITV’s political correspondent, Paul Brand, wrote on Twitter: “NEW: Prime Minister tells @LibbyWienerITV ‘There is movement under the keel’ in negotiations with the EU.

“It’s therefore vital that our EU friends don’t constantly think at the back of their minds, hmm, this thing could be blocked in Parliament, Brexit could be thwarted.”

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister sparked anger after announcing he will suspend Parliament until October 14, but refused to accept that he was limiting MPs time to debate Brexit.

Mr Johnson said: “There will be ample time on both sides of that crucial October 17 Summit in Parliament for MPs to debate the EU, Brexit and all the other issues.”

The move from the Government came after opposition parties met at the start of this week and said they would do everything in their power to try to block a no deal exit from the Brussels bloc.

Campaigners against a no deal Brexit accused the Prime Minister of “trashing the constitution” after the Government’s plans to prorogue Parliament in the lead-up to the October 31 Brexit deadline.

But, the Prime Minister has faced a series of warnings since he announced his plan to prorogue Parliament.

Tory former chancellor Ken Clarke said he would be willing to vote against the Government in a confidence vote to try to stop a no deal Brexit.

Asked if he would be willing to bring down the Government, Mr Clarke told ITV News: “If it’s the only way of stopping us plunging into the disaster of a no deal Brexit, then yes.”

Tory rebel and former minister Sir Oliver Letwin, a leading opponent of a no deal Brexit, said he had been speaking to Commons Speaker John Bercow to establish “what the procedures are”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There is no question of any MP cooking up a deal with the Speaker – you can’t do that, the Speaker has to follow the rules

“It’s perfectly true that I, for many months, have been talking to the clerks and to the Speaker, and that’s the appropriate thing for MPs to do if they want to establish what the procedures are. The action here is on the part of MPs, not on the part of the Speaker.”

Shadow attorney general Baroness Chakrabarti said she believed opponents of Mr Johnson had the numbers in Parliament to force through a change in the law to block a no deal.

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