Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

Brexit News: Remainers scramble to stop no deal Brexit as plot fumbles thanks to Boris | UK | News

BBC’s Political Correspondent Nick Watt explained on BBC Newsnight the hurdles Remainers have to overcome following Boris Johnson’s proroguing Parliament tactic. He explained that the key figures included Tories Oliver Letwin and Philip Hammond and Labour MPs Keir Starmer and Nick Brown. He noted that the cross-party alliance are forced to move quickly to prevent a no deal Brexit as the suspension of Parliament has increased the pressure of the situation.

Mr Watt said: “Senior figures in this cross-party grouping trying to stop a no deal Brexit have been meeting and talking.

“That is Oliver Letwin, Philip Hammond, Keir Starmer and Nick Brown the opposition chief whip has been on the scene today.

“They are finalising their plans but they haven’t yet totally finalised them.

“The idea is to have a surgical strike to change the law to outlaw an exit from the EU without a deal.

“The thinking is that the speaker will grant an emergency debate on Tuesday and that will result in a vote.

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“And if it is passed that will allow this group to take control of the Commons business on Wednesday which would mean that Sajid Javid would struggle to have his spending review and the idea then is that you would change the law.

“One idea that is doing the rounds is that you literally have a one-line amendment to the withdrawal act saying that the UK can only leave the EU with a deal.

“The idea is that you have got to keep it simple and short and the reason for that is that it needs to be legally fireproof.

“The only way you will get Tories is if yes you block no-deal but you keep the route open to a deal.”

The Newsnight host laughed and joked that it was far from plain sailing from here on out for both Remainers and Brexiteers.

“To which this group say, that deadline expires on the 21st of September, Parliament will be prorogued by then, it will be too late if there is not a deal by then.

“Challenge number 3 is if it passes in the Commons it then has to pass in the Lords.

“So as I understand it, opposition parties in the Lords on Tuesday will table a business motion saying the House of Lords will spring into action to deal with this legislation if it passes through the Commons.

“They should get that business motion passed because the government doesn’t have a majority in the House of Lords.

“The difficulty for them is that nobody controls the timetable in the Lords so Brexiteer Tories could table multiple amendments.”

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