Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson sets up Brexit war cabinet for no deal as EU WON'T back down

Posted on Jul 28 2019 - 10:50am by admin

The latest intervention comes as polls show a big boost for Boris Johnson in just his first week as Prime Minister. And a Sunday Express poll showed how 72 percent of voters believe Mr Johnson should be given a “proper chance” to take the UK out of the European Union without interference from Parliament. More than three in five Liberal Democrat voters and nearly half of Labour supporters (49 percent) also agreed.

Meanwhile, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage issued a warning to Mr Johnson saying the public would not be fooled by a phoney Brexit.

The veteran Brexiteer said: “If any repackaged version of this [Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement] was to be passed, we would not regard it as Brexit in anything but name. The Brexit Party would fight any parties that backed it in every seat in the country.”

And Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to put down a vote of confidence against Mr Johnson, when “appropriate to do so”.

Last week he declined to follow new Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson in a motion to bring down the Government.

See below for Brexit live updates:

9.50am update: Boris Johnson sets up Brexit war cabinet 

Boris Johnson has set up a war cabinet of just six senior ministers to manage Brexit as the Government heads towards a no deal scenario.

The group is tasked with making sure Britain leaves on October 31 “by any means neccessary”, according to the Sunday Times.

And it comes as Michael Gove, one of those within the war cabinet, declared there is a “very real prospect” of no deal

Mr Gove said the group is “working on the assumption” the EU will not strike a deal with the UK.

Chancellor Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay, and the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox are also in the group of six.

9.40am update: Kate Hoey hits out at Corbyn over Labur’s Brexit strategy

Kate Hoey has accused Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party of betraying its voters over Brexit.

The Labour MP also said the party faces election disaster over its recent U-turn to back a Remain.

In a comment piece for the Sunday Express today she said: “If a general election comes Lib Dems will hoover up the votes of Labour Remainers and the Brexit Party will take the votes of Labour Leavers. That way disaster lies for the Labour party.

“But it is more than just Brexit which will cause Labour’s demise. We are now a Party of the metropolitan bubble, shaped by those who see the values of family, community and patriotism as old fashioned and ‘right wing’.

“Those, like myself who voted Leave are regularly called racist and fascist.”

9.20am update: Corbyn says Labour will campaign to “remain” and stop no-deal

When questioned about Labour’s Brexit policy during Sophie Ridge on Sunday, Mr Corbyn claimed the party opposes no deal, and will call for a final say on the deal offered by Mr Johnson vs staying in the EU.

He reiterates his pledge for a vote on the deal, and suggests that Labour would offer one if they were to be in power as well.

He said: “We will oppose that. We will do everything we can to prevent a no deal exit and we will do everything to challenge this Government.”

The Labour leader said if there is to be a no deal Brexit, the party will campaign to remain in the EU, saying: “We think people should have a final choice on it.”

But on how they would campaign if there was a Labour negotiated deal, he said: “We have to get into power first”. 

8.20am update: Philip Hammond’s secret talks

Long-term Remainer Philip Hammond has been meeting Labour’s Kier Starmer for secret talks on how to avoid a no deal Brexit, according to the Guardian.

Fellow Tory Oliver Letwin is also included in the talks.

Mr Starmer said: “The political direction of travel under Boris Johnson is clear.

“And so it is more important than ever that we build a strong cross-party alliance to stop a no-deal Brexit.”

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