Published On: Sat, Sep 7th, 2019

Iain Duncan Smith orders Boris to break law to deliver Brexit – ‘on side of the people’ | Politics | News

The former Tory leader has condemned Conservative rebels and opposition MPs for stopping “the will of the people” after legalisation to stop a no deal Brexit was passed in the House of Lords. The motion requires a delay to Brexit beyond October 31 unless a deal is agreed by October 19 – failure to do so will result in an extension until January 31, 2020. The legislation dubbed a “surrender bill” by Mr Johnson is now expected to receive royal assent by the Queen on Monday.

The Prime Minister, who has pledged to deliver a “do or die” Brexit by the Halloween deadline, has insisted he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than beg Brussels for an extension to Article 50.

Mr Duncan Smith has backed the Prime Minster’s stance and insisted he “is on the side of the people”.

The veteran Tory has also backed the Government motion for a general election to break the Brexit impasse.

He said: “This is about Parliament versus the people. Boris Johnson is on the side of the people, who voted to leave the EU.

“The people are sovereign because they elect Parliament.

“But Parliament wants to stop the will of the people, and that is the side that Labour is on.

“Boris Johnson is fully within his rights to demand that this issue is decided by the people, and Labour will have to answer the question of why they don’t want to allow that.”

The defiant Prime Minister, following the result in the House of Lords, reiterated his opposition to an extension, in a letter to Tory MPs.

According to The Telegraph, Mr Johnson said: “They just passed a law that would force me to beg Brussels for an extension to the Brexit deadline.

“This is something I will never do.”

Meanwhile, the BBC reports a cross-party group of MPs have sought legal advice “to compel Mr Johnson to seek a delay”.

On Monday the Government is expected to make another push for a general election despite being defeated for an early vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday – after failing to reach the two-thirds threshold needed to dissolve Parliament.

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Meanwhile, senior figures within the Tory party are understood to be growing frustrated at Mr Johnson’s Brexit strategy and have urged the Prime Minister to “come up with a plan B” and abandon the hardline eurosceptics.

A Cabinet minister told The Times: “Boris needs to make peace with the Tory rebels and get serious about making a deal with Brussels, even if that means throwing the Spartans under a bus.

“Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s senior adviser, may be very clever but his plan has failed. We now need a plan B.”

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