Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Brexit news: Lord Howard tears into ‘arrogant’ MPs trying to sideline voters on BBC today | UK | News

The peer accepted “with a heavy heart” the decision by Prime Minister to expel 21 MPs after they voted against the Government to prevent a no deal scenario. Lord Howard insisted British voters will need to be sure candidates at the next general election want to deliver Britain out of the as he slammed members of the Commons for their “arrogance.” Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “I just want to say a word about the arrogance of the majority of this House of Commons.

Not only do they think they know better than the British people, they are not prepared to let the British people have their say in an election.

“An election would give the people the opportunity to decide whether they back the prime minister and his strategy, or whether they don’t.

“But the House of Commons, as we understand it, wants to deny the British people that opportunity.”

Senior Conservative figures, including Father of the House and Winston Churchill’s grandson, , have been threatened with the removal with the whip after voting against the Government. 

Following his defeat in the Commons on Tuesday, the Prime Minister announced he will seek a vote to trigger a general election in mid-October under the .

Lord Howard added:At this general election, when it comes, everyone has to know with total clarity that if they vote Conservative and if a Conservative government is elected, we will leave the European Union.”

As he made his announcement, Mr Johnson said he would prefer not to have a new general election but wanted the people to have their say on who should lead the final leg of the negotiations with the European Union in Brussels.

The Prime Minister said: “I don’t want an election, the public don’t want an election, I don’t believe the right honourable gentleman want’s an election but if this House votes for this bill tomorrow the public will have to choose who goes to Brussels on October the 17th and take this country forward.

“If Johnson says the election will be on 15 October no one trusts him”

The Prime Minister would need a two-thirds majority in the Commons to secure a general election but Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn challenged the Prime Minister, signalling MPs would make it difficult for the Government to win.

Mr Corbyn told Mr Johnson he would first have to “get the bill through first in order to take no-deal off the table”.

He continued: “We do not have a presidency, we have a Prime Minister who governs with the consensus of the House of Commons representing the people within whom the sovereignty rests.

“There is no majority to leave without a deal within the country.”

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