Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2019

Brexit news: Gauke warns Boris’ ‘strategy’ to flush out Remainers | UK | News

Last week the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced he would prorogue Parliament ahead of the Queen’s Speech on October 14, which could effectively limit the time MPs will get to debate . The decision, which sparked fury among many MPs and campaigners, led to protests on the streets of Westminster, as the Prime Minister was warned MPs would try to block a no deal in the Commons. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Conservative MP David Gauke said it appeared to be Mr Johnson’s “strategy” to “lose this week and then seek a general election having removed those of us who are not against Brexit”.

He said: “I don’t think there seems to be a huge effort to persuade people to support the Government this week.

“They seem to be quite prepared for there to be a rebellion and then to purge those who support the rebellion from the party.”

He added: “It’s a very odd way of doing that. Normally there would be plenty of cajoling. Normally one would have friends from the cabinet phoning up and saying ‘why don’t you support the Government give them way more time’.

“None of that is happening, the usual operation is not happening. It does seem to me they are almost goading people into voting against the Government.

“To be honest I think their strategy is to lose this week and then seek a general election having removed those of us who are not against Brexit, not against leaving the European Union, but believe we should do with a deal.”

During the interview, Mr Gauke admitted he did “not know” if he had the numbers to support his Commons move, insisting it would be “tight”.

He said: “I think there are quite a lot of people who have reacted to this as being very provocative and if that is the direction…it is a point we have to dig in.”

Mr Gauke also claimed there would be a 95 percent chance of a no deal exit if Parliament does not block a no deal exit this week.

Mr Johnson’s decision last week sparked outrage with those against no deal claiming the move was a “constitutional outrage”.

Conservative Party rebels have since been warned they will be deselected if Tory lawmakers vote against the Government to try to block a no deal exit this week.

A senior 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.”

The Labour Party leader has warned the party will do everything in its power to block a no deal exit.

Jeremy Corbyn will use a speech in Salford on Monday to claim the prospect of quitting the EU without an agreement next month is adding to the “damage” done by Tory rule.

Mr Cobyn is expected to say: “Today the shadow cabinet will be meeting to finalise our plans to stop the disaster of no-deal ahead of the return of Parliament tomorrow.

“We are working with other parties to do everything necessary to pull our country back from the brink. Like all progressive change, democracy was won from below, it wasn’t handed down from above.

“So, when a prime minister who hasn’t won an election and who doesn’t have a majority decrees that Parliament will be shut down because he knows his plan for a disastrous no deal doesn’t have the votes we say that is an attack on democracy which will be resisted.”

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