Published On: Sat, Aug 24th, 2019

Brexit news: Remainer EU exit opponents will try to block departure says Toby Young | UK | News

The shock warning came from Toby Young, an editor of the conservative Quillette website and columnist for The Spectator magazine. Mr Johnson has pledged he will take Britain out of the EU on October 31, regardless of whether a formal exit deal is agreed. However he will face Parliamentary opposition from rival political parties and some of his own MPs.

Speaking to Mr Young commented: “I’m about 60 percent confident that Brexit will take place by October 31.

“I do think the remainers will do whatever they can to try and obstruct him and I don’t believe they will be constrained by constitutional precedent.

“The speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has made it very clear that he’s prepared to bend the rules to help the Remainers do whatever they can to obstruct Brexit.

“I’m reasonably confident that they won’t be able to obstruct Brexit but not 100 percent confident.”

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Mr Bercow has repeatedly insisted that Parliament will have its say on a no deal EU exit, though he hasn’t personally commented on whether it should go ahead or not.

If Parliament does block a no deal Brexit it could trigger a General Election.

The Liberal Democrats, Greens and Scottish National Party have all vowed to campaign for a second Brexit referendum and then remain.

Labour say they will push for another referendum on any Tory EU exit deal, during which they will campaign for remain.

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However it is unclear whether they will back remain if a new Brexit deal is agreed by a future Labour Government.

Mr Young argued that despite its public push for a general election the Labour leadership would rather it is held after Brexit takes place.

He asserted: “I think there probably will be an election this autumn but one of the reasons I’m slightly hesitant is I don’t think the Labour Party want there to be a General Election before we’ve left.

“They say they do, they say they want to stop a no deal Brexit, but I don’t think they do in reality.

“I think that Corbyn and McDonnell and their circle have calculated that actually if there’s a general election after we’ve left that will be better than if there’s a general election before we’ve left because at the moment if there’s a general election they will bleed a lot of support to the Liberal Democrats, to the Greens, to other unequivocally pro-Remain parties.”

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