Published On: Sun, Sep 1st, 2019

Brexit latest: Boris Johnson must be given ‘time’ for better Brexit deal | Politics | News

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has urged his parliamentary colleagues to “back the Prime Minister in his approach” after the EU began to show signs of budging on its red lines ahead of the October 31 deadline. Mr Gove who is in charge of no deal Brexit planning, said failure to support Mr Johnson would risk compromising negotiations with Brussels ahead of the deadline in 60 days time. Mr Gove wrote in the Sunday Telegraph: “I hope my colleagues in the House of Commons will give the Prime Minister the time and space to pursue that opening and get a deal we can all support.

“The best way to leave with a deal is to back the PM in his approach which has, at last, got the EU to move.The aim of Labour, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats and others is not to stop a no deal Brexit but to stop Brexit altogether.”

He added: “If Parliament erects a roadblock in the Prime Minister’s way this week then the incentive for EU leaders to move further will be compromised.

“If we vote once again for indecision and indefinite delay, EU leaders will conclude they can sit tight and wait it out. The chances of securing changes, and a deal which can pass the Commons, will diminish.”

Mr Gove has also confirmed the Government has stepped up no deal planning and has allocated a further £2billion to help with the transition.

Today the Government will also launch a ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ public campaign which will include television and radio advertising to providence guidance on Britain’s exit from the EU.

Meanwhile Mr Johnson has maintained there is a “good chance” the UK will leave the bloc with a deal and insisted failure to deliver the result of the 2016 referendum could “plunge this country into chaos”.

The Prime Minister told The Sunday Times: “I just say to everybody in the country, including everyone in parliament, the fundamental choice is this: are you going to side with Jeremy Corbyn and those who want to cancel the referendum?

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“Are you going to side with those who want to scrub the democratic verdict of the people – and plunge this country into chaos.”

Ahead of the parliament returning to the House of Commons this week, leading Tory Brexit rebel David Gauke has confirmed he will have a showdown meeting with Mr Johnson on Monday.

The former justice secretary, who firmly opposes a no-deal Brexit, told Sky News: “There is a meeting, that is true.

“So, I will have an opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister tomorrow.”


10.55am update: Labour says plans to stop no deal with require extending Article 50

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said opposition plans to block the UK leaving the EU without a deal will require an extension to Article 50.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Sir Keir said: “The legislation is intended to ensure we don’t leave without a deal, that will require an extension.

“The length of the extension is secondary, frankly. We have simply got to stop us leaving without a deal.”

He added: “There is all this talk of plotting. The Prime Minister could cut through this very easily this week by saying ‘I’m going to put my proposal up for a vote and I’m going to live by the result and if Parliament gives me backing to leave without a deal so be it and if they don’t I’ll abide by the vote’.

“But he won’t do it.”

10.45am update: Gauke says Boris has no mandate for no deal Brexit

Tory rebel David Gauke has stated Boris Johnson has no mandate for a no deal Brexit and has insisted parliament should not be excluded from Brexit talks.

The former Justice Secretary, when asked about reported attempts by a cross-party alliance to try and prevent a no deal option in the Commons, told Sky News: “My view is that it is important that Parliament is not excluded from this process.

“And that we shouldn’t allow the Government to run the clock down and take us out without a deal.

“And I fear that that is the direction that we are going in.”

Asked if he planned for try and force through a Brexit extension beyond October 31, Mr Gauke said: “I think the detail will become very apparent in the next few days.

“But, I think the important thing is that Parliament should not be excluded from this process.

“I don’t believe that no-deal has a mandate from the 2016 referendum. I don’t think it has got the support of Parliament.

“And, the problem is that if we don’t act in this week, I think that it is likely that Parliament will be excluded from this process.”

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