Brussels bosses said Britain unshackling itself from the EU without a deal was “a possible, although undesirable, outcome”. In an update, the commission said it believed its Brexit measures remained “fit for purpose” and did not require any new measures ahead of the new departure date of October 31. It tweeted: “While a Brexit “no-deal” scenario is not desirable, the EU is prepared for it. We continue supporting administrations in their preparations and urge all EU citizens and businesses to continue informing themselves.”
Mr Johnson today unveil his leadership agenda, where he insisted Britain must quit the EU by October 31 but admitted a no deal Brexit was a “last resort”.
Meanwhile, a bitter Commons battle over attempts to block a no-deal Brexit will erupt today.
Fury has erupted among Tory Eurosceptics as Labour MPs bid to use opposition time to try and give control of the Commons agenda to MPs on June 25 in order to stop the UK exiting the EU without a deal in the autumn.
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1.28pm update: Labour threaten to push no confidence vote
A Labour spokesman threatened topush for a vote of no confidence against a future Prime Minister in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, according to Sky News.
12.44pm update: End no deal MADNESS
SNP leader in Westminster Ian Blackford called for an end to “no-deal madness” and asked Mrs May to support a Labour motion that would block a no-deal Brexit.
Mr Blackford asked the Prime Minister: “Tonight, will you vote to stop any no-deal madness?”
Mrs May replied: “The motion that is on the table tonight is about whether or not the Government should hand control of business in this House to the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party, and that is something we will not do.
“Can I also say to you, you talk about the need to use this time wisely. Well you could have been using the time wisely had you voted for the deal we negotiated with the European Union, we would have left the European Union, and we would be out with an orderly exit.”
Brexit latest: Ian Blackford said the UK must get out of this ‘Brexit mess’
Brexit latest: Corbyn said Britain was in a Brexit crisis
12.31pm: Corbyn says UK is in Brexit crisis
The Labour leader said at Prime Minister’s Questions: “The country is in crisis over Brexit. Manufacturing is in crisis. The Prime Minister’s Government has brought us to this point.
“And now the Conservative Party is once again in the process of foisting a new prime minister on the country without the country having a say through a general election.
“This Prime Minister created the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016. Has the Prime Minister actually delivered an industrial strategy since then?”
11.50am update: Now time to intensify relations with EU
Boris Johnson, who is vying for the Tory crown, said it was now time to intensify Britain’s trading relationship and friendships with Europe.
11.47am update: David Lammy launches extraordinary attack on Boris Johnson
As Mr Johnson spoke, Labour MP David Lammy tweeted: “Boris Johnson says the UK must ‘have the guts’ to prepare for No-Deal Brexit. But he turns down countless debates, interviews and outright refuses to put it to the country in a £PeoplesVote. This is not leadership, it is shameless opportunism that will cause permanent damage.
“Boris Johnson says with a straight face he will ‘unite this country and unite this society’. The same man who described black people as ‘piccaninnies’, mocked Muslim women as ‘bank robbers’ and peddled lies throughout the referendum. Britain deserves so much better than this.”
11.27am update: EU warns no deal Brexit is still POSSIBLE
The European Commission has said Britain crashing out of the EU remains “a possible, although undesirable, outcome”.
In an update, EU bosses said it believed its measures remained “fit for purpose”, and did not require any new measures ahead of the new departure date of October 31.
11.26am update: Boris Johnson wants to ‘release energy and heal divisions’
Ending his speech, Mr Johnson said: “To sum up my mission in a sentence: what I want to do now, with your help, is to do for the whole country what we did in London – releasing the creative energies of our country and its people and healing its divisions.”
11.25am update: Boris Johnson seeks to ‘strengthen union of UK’
“In everything we do, we will seek to strengthen the union of our four nations… that invincible quartet, the awesome foursome that makes up the UK – the world’s soft power superpower.
“And I have seen across the world in our armed forces, in our diplomacy, our sheer cultural impact, how we are so much more than the sum of our parts.”
Brexit latest: Boris Johnson says the UK must prepare for a no deal Brexit
11.24am update: Boris sends Brexit warning
He said the longer the Brexit crisis continues there is “a risk that there will be a serious contamination”
Mr Johnson said: “It is almost as if the commercial dynamism of the British people is insulating them from the crisis in our politics and yet we cannot ignore the morass of Westminster.”
“Around the country there is a feeling of disillusion and even despair at our ability to get things done. The longer it goes on, the worse the risk that there will be serious contamination and a real loss of confidence.”
He warned failure that to honour the referendum vote risked handing power to Jeremy Corbyn and Labour at the next general election.
Mr Johnson said: “After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on October 31.
“Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket.”
He said MPs would face mortal retribution if the Government failed to deliver Brexit.
He added: “I think maturity and a sense of duty will prevail. I think it will be very difficult for friends in Parliament to obstruct the will of the people and simply to block Brexit.
“I think if we now block it, collectively as parliamentarians we will reap the whirlwind and we will face mortal retribution from the electorate.”
11.17am update: Heckler interrupts Boris Johnson’s speech
The protestor yelled “b*****s to Boris” and “No to Brexit” as the former foreign secretary got underway with his speech. The heckling from the street outside the venue was audible in the room.
11.15pm: Boris Johnson says ‘we MUST leave’ but rules out no deal
He told his audience: “After two years and two missed deadlines we must leave the EU on October 31. ”
Mr Johnson said he is “not aiming for a no deal outcome” but it is “only responsible to prepare rigorously for no deal”.
He said: “Let me be clear: I am not aiming for a no-deal outcome. I don’t think that we will end up with any such thing, but it is only responsible to prepare vigorously and seriously for no-deal.
“Indeed it is astonishing that anyone could suggest dispensing with that vital tool in the negotiation.”
Brexit latest: Boris Johnson said the UK must leave the EU by October 31
Brexit latest: Geoffrey Cox praises Boris Johnson’s ‘big personality’
11.12am udpdate: Boris Johnson launches bid for Tory crown
Boris Johnson arrived to raptrous round of applause.
He told the audience: “It’s a measure of the resilience of this country that since the vote to leave the EU, and in defiance of all predictions, the economy has grown much faster than the rest of Europe…
“Unemployment has fallen to the lowest levels since 1972, exports have soared, English football teams have won both the Champions League and the Europa League by beating English football teams, and inward investment has soared.
“It’s almost as if the commercial dynamism of the British people is insulating them from the crisis in our politics.”
11.08am update: ‘We need a personality big enough’ Geoffrey Cox launches Boris’ leadership bid
He said: “These are extraordinary times and we need a personality big enough, strong enough and with the imagination to live up to the challenge.”
Mr Cox said “a managerial and bureaucratic” approach will not suffice.
11.04am: Boris Johnson’s family in audience
The Tory frontrunner’s father and brother, Stanley Johnson and Tory MP Jo Johnson have been pictured in the audience.
Brexit latest: Boris Johnson’s father and brother Stanley and Jo Johnson are in the audience
Brexit latest: Jacob Rees-Mogg is at Boris Johnson’s leadership launch event
Brexit latest: Attendees at the Boris Johnson are being offered ‘back Boris’ badges
10.57am update: Jacob Rees-Mogg shows support for Boris Johnson
The Brexiteer carried a tea cup and saucer as he made his way to his seat ahead of Boris Johnson’s leadership speech.
10.38am update: Tory MPs arrive at Boris Johnson’s leadership launch
Steve Baker, Priti Patel, former defence secretary Gavin Williamson, Liz Truss, James Brokenshire, Michael Fallon and Iain Duncan Smith have been pictured going in to the London venue.
Attendees at the launch are being offered “Boris bacon butties” and “Boris eggs Benedict” inside the venue.
They have also been invited to wear “Back Boris” badges.
Brexit latest: Priti Patel arrives for Boris Johnson’s leadership launch
Brexit latest: Steve Baker arrives ahead of Boris Johnson’s bid for the Tory crown
Brexit latest: Gavin Williamson arrives in London for Boris Johnson’s leadership launch
10.36am update: Anti-Brexit campaigners gather outside Boris’ campaign launch
A smattering of pro EU campaigners have gathered to picket outside the venue for Mr Johnson’s campaign launch in central London.
Veteran anti-Brexit Steve Bray said: “My message to Mr Johnson is he’s not fit to be an MP, let alone PM.”
10.33am update: Tory leadership hopefuls must NOT stoke disillusion
Sam Gyimah, who quit the Tory leadership contest earlier in the week, said candidates must be “straight” with the public and admit Brexit cannot be delivered by October 31.
He tweeted: “People are fetishizing the Oct 31 EU exit date, just like Theresa May did with 29th March. If contenders are serious about the renegotiations they are promising, then Brexit cannot be delivered by 31st.
“Better to be straight withthe public now, than to stoke disillusion.”
Brexit latest: Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid will launch their leadership bids today
10.12am update: Laura Kuenssberg makes leadership predictions
The BBC’s political editor tweeted: “For what is worth (and it is a secret ballot) these are numbers among MPs who have publicly declared support – Johnson 76
10.07am update: Sajid Javid to launch leadership bid today
The Home Secretary has fewer MPs behind him than his rivals, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, but Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson is expected to attend his launch.
The looming Commons vote on a no deal Brexit forced Mr Javid to push back his leadership launch.
The Home Secretary is expected to tell the gathering: “I believe now more than ever that this is a moment for a new kind of leadership and a new kind of leader.
“A leader is not just for Christmas, or just for Brexit.
“So we can’t risk going with someone who feels like the short-term, comfort zone choice.
“We need tomorrow’s leader, today.”
Brexit latest: The Tory leadership contest is hotting up after May stepped down last Friday
9.57am update: Michael Gove’s wife defends his cocaine admission
Columnist Sarah Vine argued the Tory leadership hopeful should have “fessed up sooner” after he admitted to taking the Class A drug in the 90s.
But writing for the Daily Mail, she said: “But at least he has had the courage to face up to the truth, and that I think is something.”
The Environment Secretary’s hopes of succeeding Theresa May have been fading fast after allegations of his past use of cocaine.
9.49am update: Labour’s plan to BLOCK no deal Brexit
Labour MPs will use opposition time to try and give control of the Commons agenda to MPs on June 25 in order to stop the UK exiting the EU without a deal.
The Labour-led motion only needs a relatively small number of Tory MPs to support it for success.
Brexit latest: Labour’s motion to block a no deal Brexit
9.36am update: How Rory Stewart win could offer major BOOST to Brexit Party
In the event that Tory leadership candidate, Rory Stewart would become the next Prime Minister the new poll has shown that the Brexit Party would be the largest party in the Commons.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the poll, created by ComRes also showed that Nigel Farage’s party would claim 252 seats in parliament. Speaking on the new data, Electoral Calculus’, Martin Baxter highlighted the vote change from the Tories to the Brexit party in the event that Mr Stewart would win the leadership race.
9.25am update: Bavaria economy hit by Brexit
The threat of Brexit and lingering trade conflicts are creating problems for the Bavarian economy. In the export sector, growth is weaker than expected.
The export prospects for the Bavarian economy have further deteriorated. In the current year, exports are likely to only increase by 0.7 percent, the Association of the Bavarian economy said.
For three-quarters of exporting countries, “growth forecasts have been revised downwards compared to autumn, especially for the important Bavarian sales markets of Italy, France and Austria”. And the coming year should be “similarly weak”.
The assocation said trade conflicts had weighed heavy on the global economy. In the two largest export markets of the Bavarian economy – the USA and China – growth will be weaker than in 2018.
Meanwhile, Brexit has left its mark with the UK the fourth largest export market of the Bavarian companies after the USA, China and Austria.
9.16am update: Tories using UK as ‘bargaining chip in willy waving competition’
Labour MP Jess Phillips said others only seem to be thinking about the Tory leadership contest rather than the nation.
She tweeted: “I will vote today thinking about the country, the jobs in my constituency, security of my community. Others it seems will be thinking about the Tory Party contest & playing the angles. The country should know it’s being used as a bargaining chip in willy waving competition.”
When one Twitter user responded that doing so would amount to “signing your own political death warrant”, Ms Phillips responded: “This isn’t true and even if it were I’d rather sign my political death warrant than risk the lives and prosperity of my constituents.”
I will vote today thinking about the country, the jobs in my constituency, security of my community. Others it seems will be thinking about the Tory Party contest & playing the angles. The country should know it’s being used as a bargaining chip in willy waving competition https://t.co/aSvPvFIqPf
— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) June 12, 2019
9.12am update: Gove ally backs BORIS for Tory leader
Therese Coffey, a minister who works in Michael Gove’s environment department, said the Tory frontrunner will “make Brexit happen”.
She tweeted: “BoJo has the mojo to make Brexit happen and reach out to many parts of our country to deliver a better, brighter Britain.
“Building on a great record of leadership and action in our capital and national events like the Olympics, he can achieve the same for our country @BackBoris.”
8.57am update: Lib Dem supports bill to block no deal
Liberal Democrat leadership hopeful Jo Swinson tweeted: “No-deal would be a disaster, and it is irresponsible for Tory leadership candidates to pretend otherwise. That’s why I will be voting for the cross-party motion to stop no-deal.”
BoJo has the mojo to make Brexit happen and reach out to many parts of our country to deliver a better, brighter Britain. Building on a great record of leadership and action in our capital and national events like the Olympics, he can achieve the same for our country @BackBoris
— Therese Coffey (@theresecoffey) June 12, 2019
8.41am update: Tory leadership LIVE
Boris Johson has been tipped to take the Tory crown – even before his official leadership has launched
8.33am update: Fury over bid to block no-deal Brexit
Prominent Brexiteer Sir Bill Cash strongly attacked supporters of the move who include Tory former minister Sir Oliver Letwin, plus the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens.
Sir Bill said: “They are causing a breakdown of our democracy.”
With the Labour-led motion only needing a relatively small number of Tory MPs to support it for success, Sir Bill, who supports Mr Johnson, was scathing about the involvement of Sir Oliver, a Michael Gove backer in the leadership race.
Sir Bill added: “He has put his name to an opposition day motion with Marxist Jeremy Corbyn.”
8.18pm update: Liz Truss defends Boris Johnson
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss defended Boris Johnson from accusations he is refusing to speak to journalists during his leadership bid.
She told the Today programme: “He has got nothing to hide. The important thing is he is talking to parliamentary colleagues.”
Ms Truss also defended Mr Johnson when asked about when he was sacked for “lying in public” about an affair, saying: “I do not think the British public is interested in Boris’ personal life.”
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8.03am update: Poll suggests Boris will lead Tories to VICTORY
A ComRes poll in The Daily Telegraph found that with Mr Johnson as leader the Tory party could be heading for a landslide at the next General Election with a majority of 140.
7.54am update: Boris Johnson launches leadership bid
At his campaign launch, Mr Johnson will say: “Now is the time to unite this country and unite this society, and we cannot begin that task until we have delivered on the primary request of the people; the one big thing they have asked us to do.
“After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on 31 October.
“We simply will not get a result if we give the slightest hint that we want to go on kicking the can down the road with yet more delay.
“Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket.
“With every week and month that goes by in which we fail to deliver on our promise I am afraid we will further alienate not just our natural supporters but anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises.”
7.45am update: Brexit Party reveals what will really happen with Boris win
The Brexit Party have revealed what will really happen when a new Tory leader takes office as they warned the Tories are “drinking in Last Chance Saloon”.
A source predicted front runner for the Tory crown Boris Johnson will win and “march everybody up no deal hill”. But the former foreign secretary will soon realise that the nation cannot actually leave the EU by October 31, the source warned.
Academic and writer Matthew Goodwin tweeted: “Brexit Party source: ‘Boris will probably win, then march everybody up No Deal Hill before finally realising that we cannot actually leave by October 31. At least Hunt & Gove are honest.
“‘Tories are drinking in Last Chance Saloon. It’s going to be like the Lib Dems & tuition fees.’”