The group in the House of Lords have put forward an amendment to legislation on Northern Ireland in a move designed to stop Theresa May’s replacement taking the UK out of the EU without a deal on October 31 by proroguing Parliament. The proposal builds on the change to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill by arch-Remainer Dominic Grieve which was passed by the Commons earlier this week, Politico reported.
Mr Grieve’s amendment forces the Government to report back every two weeks on attempts to resolve the deadlock on power sharing in Northern Ireland.
The latest Remainer plot threatens to make it harder for Tory favourite Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament as a last resort to leave the EU on Halloween.
It comes after the frontrunner in the race to replace Mrs May refused to rule out shutting down Parliament to avoid a further Brexit delay.
Speaking during the ITV Tory leadership debate on Wednesday, Mr Johnson said: “I’m not going to take anything off the table, any more than I’m going to take no deal off the table.
“I think it’s absolutely bizarre at this stage in the negotiations for the UK – yet again – to be weakening its own position.”
Meanwhile, his rival Jeremy Hunt said: “When that has happened in the past, when Parliament has been shut down against its will, we actually had a civil war.
“I think it would be a rather curious thing to do, if this is about taking back control for Parliament, to actually shut it down.”
Speaking in the Commons on Tuesday, Tory rebel Mr Grieve claimed democracy would not survive Parliament being prorogued to allow for a no-deal Brexit.
He said: “Heaven knows, if I’ve tried to do anything during this Brexit process it’s to try to encourage a sound process and to prevent catastrophic cliff edge moments and to enable this House to make reasoned decisions.
“What this House then decides to do is a matter for the House, but the idea the House that we can or should be excluded from the process, as some seem to be willing to threaten, is an enormity.
“Our democracy will not survive such an assault and it is incumbent on every single one of us to take action to make sure that doesn’t happen.”