Published On: Sun, Sep 1st, 2019

Brexit news: Boris Johnson ready to defy remain MPs to deliver EU exit vote | UK | News

Mr Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, is in charge of planning for a no-deal exit in Mr Johnson’s Government. Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr about any laws that MPs may propose in Parliament Mr Gove said: “Let’s see what the legislation says. Let’s see what it says.

“You are asking me about a pig in a poke, and I will wait to see what legislation the opposition may try to bring forward.

He said the Government would review legislation put forward by MPs before deciding whether they would abide by it.

Anti-Brexit MPs from all the main parties are expected this week to launch a last-ditch bid to force Mr Johnson to extend the Article 50 process beyond the current Halloween deadline.

But, a split has emerged in Labour over the party’s Brexit tactics.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is apparently at odds with the party’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer on the timing of a no confidence vote.

Shadow Chancellor Mr McDonnell made it clear that he will push for a no confidence as early as this week if the bid to delay Brexit falters.

Sir Keir said Labour will not allow Mr Johnson to take the UK out of the EU during an election campaign.

Sir Keir told the Andrew Marr Show on BBC 1: “What we’re not going to do is allow Boris Johnson, on top of what he’s already done, to say, ‘well, I’ll arrange things so that we crash out during the course of a general election, which I, Boris Johnson, may not win.’”

That came shortly after Mr McDonnell said that he wanted the Government to “bring it on”.

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Another option was to make clear to the EU that the UK would block every piece of new legislation that it can if forced to remain in the EU after Oct 31 to force the UK to throw the UK out.

A source said: “All options are under consideration.”

In a speech this morning, Tony Blair, the former Labour Prime Minister, will urge Mr Corbyn to vote against “the elephant trap” of a general election and instead back a re-run of the 2016 EU referendum.

He will say: “Should the Government seek an Election, it should be refused in favour of a referendum.

“It is counter-intuitive for Opposition Parties to refuse an Election. But in this exceptional case, it is vital they do so as a matter of principle until Brexit is resolved.

“Brexit is an issue which stands on its own, was originally decided on its own and should be reconsidered on its own.

“But the Brexiteers are laying a trap, to seem as if pushed into an Election against their will, when they’re actively preparing for it.

“In backing away from the idea of himself as a ‘caretaker Prime Minister’ Jeremy Corbyn has behaved responsibly, and if he continues to put country first, he will benefit the country and himself. He can now play a decisive role in how Brexit develops.

“But he should see an Election for the elephant trap it is. If the Government tries to force an election, Labour should vote against it.”

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