BREXIT LIVE: Labour and Tory rebels in PLOT to BRING DOWN new PM over no deal Brexit

Posted on Jul 7 2019 - 8:22pm by admin

The move comes after Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson insisted he was not bluffing over his pledge to take the UK out of the European Union on October 31 – with or without a deal. Mr Gardiner said he had spoken to “several” Conservative MP who told him they would consider voting to try to bring down any government attempting to walk away from the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

We will call a no confidence vote when we believe those Conservative MPs are likely to support it

Barry Gardiner

He told Sky News: “We will call a no confidence vote when we believe that those Conservative members of parliament who have said that they would support a no confidence motion in the government in order to stop a no deal are likely to support it.”

When asked if Labour was having conversations with the potential Tory rebels Mr Gardiner replied: “Of course.”

Earlier, Mr Johnson said the EU had to “look deep into our eyes” and realise the UK was prepared to walk away.

His campaign received the support of Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who said Mr Johnson was “better placed” than Jeremy Hunt to “deliver what we need to do at this critical time”.

Barry Gardiner

Barry Gardiner said rebel Tory MPs would vote with Labour to bring down the next PM (Image: GETTY)

Asked if his commitment to the October 31 deadline was a bluff, Mr Johnson said: “No … honestly. Come on. We’ve got to show a but more gumption about this.

“We were pretty much ready on March 29. And we will be ready by October 31.

“And it’s vital that our partners see that. They have to look deep into our eyes and think ‘my God, these Brits actually are going to leave. And they’re going to leave on those terms’.

“Everybody who says ‘I can’t stand the idea of a no deal Brexit’, what they really mean is actually they don’t want to leave at all.”

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Dominic Grieve

Dominic Grieve wants to block a no deal Brexit (Image: PA)

12.20pm update: MPs launch fresh bid to block no deal Brexit

MPs are set to launch a fresh bid to block a no deal Brexit during a Commons vote on Northern Ireland tomorrow.

The Government has tabled a Bill to delay any new election to the Northern Ireland Assembly while talks to restore powersharing are ongoing.

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve said this Bill was a “perfectly legitimate place” to explore ways to block a no-deal Brexit.

He told BBC’s Pienaar’s Politics: “We’re going to have, in the course of the next 24 hours, an important bill on Northern Ireland.

“Northern Ireland and Brexit go rather closely together.

“The chances are, if Brexit goes through – a no deal Brexit – it is going to be the end of Northern Ireland’s union with the United Kingdom, with serious political consequences flowing from it.

“That’s a Bill that is a perfectly legitimate place to start looking at how one might make sure no deal Brexits are fully debated before they take place.”

12.11pm update: Rees-Mogg says new law required to stop no deal Brexit

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said the only way to stop a no deal Brexit is to pass a new law.

The leader of the pro-Brexit European Research Group said: “The House of Commons and the House of Lords have passed the necessary laws to leave on October 31 and the only way to stop that would be to revoke those laws, and I would be very surprised if that happened.”

11.10am update: Gauke backs Parliament to block no deal

Parliament will find a way to stop a new prime minister taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal, according to Justice minister David Gauke.

Tory leadership favourite Boris Johnson insists the UK must leave the EU on October 31 with or without a withdrawal agrement despite Parliament repeatedly blocking a no deal Brexit.

Mr Gauke said: “Given where the parliamentary majority is and the strength of feeling on a no deal Brexit, I think there probably will be a parliamentary way in which this can be stopped.

“There is an element of uncertainty about it but I think the likelihood is that parliament will find a mechanism somehow.”

10.49am update: Raab dismisses talk of Tory deals with Farage

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said the Conservatives did not need to strike any deals with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.

Mr Raab, who also stood for the Tory leadership, said: “I don’t think we should be looking to do deals.

“I think what we should be looking to do is deliver Brexit and keep our promises.

“People talk about all these deal-making things and some people say with the Liberal Democrats, some people say with Farage and all the rest of it.

“I think the number one thing people expect is for us to keep our promises.

“If we keep our promises on Brexit I don’t think we’re going to have a problem with the Brexit Party or Nigel Farge.”

Sam Gyimah

Sam Gyimah said more than 30 Tory MPs would vote against a no deal Brexit (Image: GETTY)

10.30am update: Gyimah claims 30 Tory MPs would vote against no deal Brexit

Former Tory leadership hopeful Sam Gyimah said more than 30 of the party’s own MPs could vote against a no-deal Brexit.

It comes as Labour hinted it would move towards moving a no confidence motion in the Government if it looked likely a no deal exit was going to happen.

Speaking on Sky News, the former education minister said there are a “significant number” of Tory MPs who are looking at legislative options to block a no-deal Brexit.

He added: “I think it is about 30, 30-plus. But what they will be looking to do is stop a no prime minister from proroguing Parliament in order to deliver no deal.

“But also create options for the new prime minister so that no deal is not the only option we face on October 31.”

Later, Mr Gymiah ruled out voting against the Government in a confidence motion.

He said: “I have been very explicit about that. That is not something I intend to do.

“I think it is the nuclear option. I don’t want to go there. I know there are some who are considering it.”

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt has warned of a ‘Remain alliance’ (Image: PA)

10am update: Hunt warns of “Remain alliance”

Jeremy Hunt has warned Tories to beware of opposition alliances forming in other seats after pro-EU parties agreed to work together in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.

The contest will be an early test for either Mr Hunt or Boris Johnson in Number 10, and could see the Government’s working majority in the Commons fall to just three if the Tories fail to hold the seat.

Chris Davies was sacked by constituents as their MP following a recall petition triggered by his conviction for submitting false expenses claims, but he will fight the seat again for the Tories on August 1.

With the Liberal Democrats the biggest threat to the Tories, Plaid Cymru has agreed not to field a candidate in an effort to unite the pro-EU vote.

Mr Hunt said similar arrangements between opposition parties were happening in other parts of the UK.

At a hustings in Cardiff, he said: “We have got to be very careful because this isn’t just happening in Brecon and Radnorshire, it’s starting to happen in other parts of the country.”

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson insists he is not bluffing over Brexit (Image: REUTERS)

9.30am update: Emergency planners slam unhelpful “DfT” over Brexit

Civil emergency planners have described Chris Grayling’s Department for Transport as “unhelpful” and decried it for omitting “key” information when planning for a no deal Brexit.

The leaders of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum (LRF) repeatedly wrote to the DfT expressing their frustration at its failure to engage with planning to prevent major delays to the motorway and shipping networks linking Portsmouth International Port.

In letters released following a Freedom of Information request, the LRF repeatedly states that a no deal Brexit would lead to disruption to the “sensitive traffic network” of the M27 and M3 motorways, with supplies by sea to the Channel Islands and access to Portsmouth Naval Base also being affected.

The correspondence describes how the DfT only ruled out LRF plans called Operation Transmission, to turn an area of wasteland into a temporary lorry park, on March 25 – four days before the original Brexit date and three weeks before the then revised date of April 12.

Responding the same day, Neil Odin, Hampshire’s chief fire officer and LRF deputy chairman, described the DfT’s response as “unhelpful” and added it was “not the only instance of DfT sending information at a very late stage”.

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