Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019

Brexit latest news: David Gauke reveals ‘only opportunity’ for Remainers to stop no deal | UK | News

Boris Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament in order to force through a no deal Brexit by October 31 was confirmed by the Queen’s Privy Council on Wednesday. David Gauke has warned next week may be the “only opportunity” for MPs to challenge a no deal Brexit. He told the BBC’s World at One: “I was one of those who believe that if Parliament may need to act to stop no deal, there was a case for delaying that action and allowing the negotiations to become more advanced.

“But it does look like next week is essentially the only opportunity Parliament will have to maintain some control over this process and ensure that it has a say before we leave without a deal.”

On whether a legal challenge will have “more success” than that in Parliament, the former Justice Secretary said: “Well I’m not in a position to comment on the legal arguments, there are distinguished lawyers on both sides of this argument making the case.

“I don’t think one can rule out the possibility of Parliament being able to find a way through this, but clearly it’s not in anybody’s interest to get too detailed on the mechanisms that may or may not be used.”

Earlier on Thursday, the former Lord Chancellor also told Sky News: “I think it’s the wrong decision, I think it is a bad precedent.

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“I think we’re clearly in the next few weeks going into an important time for the country, and Government should be scrutinised.

“It does seem to me that there are many members of Parliament of all parties who believe that action is going to have to be taken on a no deal Brexit.

“Quite a lot of us were minded not to rush into such action, that it would be better to let the negotiations, such as they are, progress further, if indeed any progress is being made.

“But at least things would become clearer as we got towards the end of September, but that option doesn’t appear to be there anymore.”

In a letter to MPs outlining his Government’s plans, Mr Johnson denied it was to force through a no deal Brexit and said he was bringing forward a “bold and ambitious domestic legislative agenda” which MPs would be able to vote on in October.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “So it seems that Boris Johnson may actually be about to shut down Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit. Unless MPs come together to stop him next week, today will go down in history as a dark one indeed for UK democracy.”

Meanwhile, Ruth Davidson has written to the Scottish party chairman to resign as Scottish Conservative leader.

The resignation of the Remain MP comes as a blow to Mr Johnson as Brexit chaos continues to split the party.

Ms Davidson said she felt “conflict” over the party’s hardline Brexit stance and pleaded for politicians to “unite” the country.

Ms Davidson told a press conference in Edinburgh: “Respect is what is missing from our debate.”

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