Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2019

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Mr Johnson has made a “do or die” pledge to exit the bloc in 79 days time and has refused to rule out proroguing parliament to honour the result of the 2016 referendum – despite huge opposition from MPs. Under the British Constitution parliament is usually prorogued for between one and two weeks ahead of the Queen’s speech to the House of Commons and House of Lords in early November. As a result, all parliamentary business stops and MPs could therefore be powerless to stop a no deal Brexit. Britain is on the verge of a constitutional crisis as the Brexit impasse rolls on – the House of Commons has so far voted down Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement three times.

Prior to Mr Johnson’s appointment, parliament also voted in favour of a cross-party motion to stop a no deal Brexit, put forward by Labour MP Hilary Benn and Tory MP Alistair Burt.

However the default position remans if a deal cannot be reached with Brussels, Britain will exit the bloc without an agreement on Halloween.

With Brussels so far unwilling to re-negotiate with Mr Johnson – MPs are understood to be considering tabling a vote of no confidence in the Government.

Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, MPs will have 14 days to try to form an alternative Government in the event of Mr Johnson losing a vote of no confidence, otherwise a general election will be triggered.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott confirmed Labour is in cross-party talks about moving the motion but refused to confirm if it would be put forward on the first week of September.

Meanwhile a report by The Institute for Government (IFG) said MPs may have limited opportunities to stop a no deal Brexit.

READ MORE: Scottish judge fast tracks Remainer MPs bid to BLOCK Boris’s no deal

The report found it will be difficult for MPs to repeat the process which led to the passing of the “Cooper Act” earlier this year.

The motion put forward by Labour MP Yvette Cooper forced Theresa May to extend the March 29 deadline.

The bill also required further votes if the Government pursued leaving the EU without an agreement.

Mr Bolton also said the UK would be “first in line” for a trade deal “as soon as possible” with the US.

Meanwhile desperate Remainer’s have put forward another attempt to thwart Brexit.

A judge has agreed to a fast-tracked hearing on whether the Prime Minister can legally suspend Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.

More than 70 MPs and Peers have banded together to call on the Scottish courts to rule that suspending Parliament to allow the UK to leave without a deal would be “unlawful and unconstitutional”.

The anti-Brexit campaigners filed a petition at the Court of Session in Edinburgh attempting to block Boris Johnson from being able to prorogue Parliament, and called for the case to be heard before the October 31 Brexit deadline.

At a preliminary hearing, Judge Lord Raymond Doherty agreed to expedite the timetable for the legal challenge to take place, setting the date for the substantive hearing as Friday September 6.



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