Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2019

Brexit LIVE: Remainers finally reveal ‘futile’ plot to block no deal Brexit on Tuesday | Politics | News

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the independent MP said the plan is to force Boris Johnson to ask the EU to delay Brexit beyond October 31 to avoid no deal. Sky News’s political correspondent Kate McCann tweeted: “Nick Boles reveals the plan to block no deal is for a law to stipulate Boris Johnson must seek a short extension to Art50 if he can’t get new deal or parliament to back no deal. Extension would be ‘a couple of months’, not long enough for a second referendum.”

But former Brexit Secretary David Davis said “the futile parliamentary games in the Commons” only serve to damage the UK’s negotiating hand with the EU.

It comes after rebel Tories were warned they would be booted out if they team up with opposition MPs to vote against no deal.

A source from the Tory whips office said: “The whips are telling Conservative MPs a very simple message – if they fail to vote with the Government on Tuesday they will be destroying the Government’s negotiating position and handing control of Parliament to Jeremy Corbyn.

“Any Conservative MP who does this will have the whip withdrawn and will not stand as Conservative candidates in an election.”


8.45am update: Gauke warns of 95% chance of no-deal Brexit if MPs don’t act this week

Former Cabinet minister David Gauke warned there is a 95 percent chance of a no-deal Brexit if MPs cannot legislate against it this week, as he accused the Government of having no credible plan to leave with an agreement.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there is now insufficient time to get a departure agreement voted through Parliament.

He said: “Frankly, there’s not a credible plan coming from the Government to be able to leave with a deal on October 31.

“I would say it’s a 95 percent chance, to be honest, that if Parliament does not act this week that we will leave without a deal on October 31.”

8.40am update: Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna ‘optimistic’ a no-deal Brexit can be blocked

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The focus of efforts this week will be on legislating to stop the country crashing out of the EU without a deal. We are very optimistic this can be achieved.”

He said the current departure date would need to be delayed for “at least two months” for a general election to be held and then for up to a further six months for a second referendum.

The Remainer MP added: “We believe that MP colleagues would be making a grave mistake if they throw all their eggs into the basket of legislating to extend Article 50 because we saw from the Vote Leave campaign, let’s face it they now run the Government, that we’ve got a group of people here who are prepared to lie, to cheat and break the rules to win at any cost.

“So, even if the Commons successfully legislates to get an extension, it may not necessarily work. The Government may find a way around it.”

8.15am update: Former Tory minister Nick Boles says Johnson ‘must be stopped’

The independent MP tweeted: “Johnson truly is Britain’s Trump. There is no institution, no relationship and no international commitment that he is not willing to sacrifice to achieve a No Deal Brexit. He is turning the Conservative and Unionist Party into the English National Party. He must be stopped.”

It comes after he said the Tory party was finished on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Mr Boles said: “The hard right has taken over the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party has fallen prey to an almost religious obsession with the hardest form of Brexit.”

He added that Brexit is “not necessarily” a hard-right move but that “foisting” a no-deal departure on the UK is.

8am update: Channel tunnel operator GetLink “ready for a no-deal Brexit”

Channel tunnel operator GetLink said it is “ready for a no-deal Brexit” ahead of the UK’s imminent departure from the EU.

The group, which owns Eurotunnel, said it is prepared to deal with new customs regulations if a no-deal scenario takes place.

GetLink said it will introduce “pit stop” areas for customs controls to take place as well as construct larger parking areas for trucks entering the UK as part of its measures.

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