Brexit LIVE: Tories to topple their own LEADER if no deal forced through

Posted on May 26 2019 - 9:14pm by admin

MPs have warned they will topple any new Tory Prime minister who spearheads a no-deal Brexit in order to avoid leaving the EU without an agreement. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced his plans to join the revolt, and refute the new leader who tries to implement no-deal Brexit. Mr Hammond said any newly appointed Prime Minister who tries to “push through a no-deal exit on 31 October” would immediately face the prospect of having to “leave office”. He said: “It would be very difficult for the prime minister who adopted no-deal as a policy to retain the confidence of the House of Commons.”

Mr Hammond told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I think it would be very difficult for a prime minister who adopted no deal as a policy – we are leaving with no deal as a matter of policy – to retain the confidence of the House of Commons.”

Several candidates running for Tory leadership have declared their plans to leave the EU by the departure date on October 31 – even without a deal.

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said: “I will fight for a fairer deal in Brussels … if not I will be clear we will leave on WTO terms in October.

“If you’re not willing to walk away from a negotiation, it doesn’t focus the mind of the other side I will not ask for an extension.”

Meanwhile, Esther McVey said: “October 31 is the key date and we are coming out then, and if that means without a deal then that’s what it means.”

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: “We will leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal.”

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Brexit news: Boris Johnson’s ally has lashed out at “smears” against his camapaign (Image: GETTY)

When asked if he would vote against the Government in a confidence motion if the newly appointed Prime Minister goes for a no deal, Mr Hammond said: 

“It’s a hypothetical question because I don’t know what the confidence motion is.

“What I would say is that in 22 years in Parliament, I have never voted against the Conservative whip, unlike many of my colleagues, and I don’t want to have to start now contemplating such a course of action.”

He added: “I would find it very difficult to vote for a no-deal , but I have never voted against my government, or my party, in the 22 years that I have been in Parliament.

“And I don’t want to be put in that situation. So my focus will be trying to ensure that I don’t find myself facing that challenge.”

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Dominic Raab insisted the UK must leave the EU on WTO terms in October (Image: GETTY)

Meanwhile, Britons brace for the final results of the European Elections to be announced this evening.

Opinion polls have suggested Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party could be on course for victory in the European contests, with the Conservatives and Labour braced for a backlash from voters.

The Liberal Democrat are also expected to pick up votes.

Breixt Party leader Nigel Farage, who is standing in the South East constituency, said: “If you want Brexit, you’ve got to vote Brexit. We did it once, they ignored us, so we’re going to tell them again.”

Millions of EU citizens will head to the polls today in the last four days of voting in the European Parliament elections.


2.35pm update: Tory supporters are mostly ‘Remainers’, Lenoard McCluskey claims

Leonard David McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union said some of politics’ leading Remain supporters have previously expressed their hopes for a Tory Government despite wishing to stay in the EU.

He also insisted everyone should side with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and oust the Tory Party.

Mr McCluskey told the Observer: “If you look at the Remainers, some of the leading lights, Blair, Mandelson, Alastair Campbell, Tom Baldwin… these are individuals who have actually indicated they’d sooner have a Tory government than a Corbyn government, so take notice of these phoneys and stick with Corbyn.

2.08pm update: Opposition MPs will ‘STRUGGLE’ to stop no-deal Brexit

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford has warned MPs they will face a hard time trying to stop a no-deal Brexit.

He said leaving the EU without a deal would “crash the economy”, and with Mrs May resigning on June 7, a no-deal is likely on the cards.

Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland programme, Mr Blackford said: “What we’re seeing at the moment seems to be a lurch to the right from the Conservative Party, they all seem to be outdoing each other on the no-deal stakes.

“I think, at the end of the day, there seems to be a very real risk to the people of Scotland, not just the people of Scotland but the people of the United Kingdom, in terms of that no-deal scenario.”

1.36pm update: Philip Hammond refuses to rule out no confidence motion for next PM

Chancellor Philip Hammond has refused to rule out supporting a no confidence motion in the Government if the next Tory leader goes for a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Hammond told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I think it would be very difficult for a prime minister who adopted no deal as a policy – we are leaving with no deal as a matter of policy – to retain the confidence of the House of Commons.”

Asked if whether he would vote against the Government on a no-deal withdrawal if he was a backbencher in the autumn, the Chancellor said: “I would certainly not support a strategy to take us out with no deal.”

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Esther McVey has insisted the UK must leave the EU by the departure date, even without a deal (Image: GETTY)

1.06pm update: Change UK could form SINGLE PARTY with Liberal Democrats

Change UK leader Heidi Allen said her party could end up forming a single centrist party with the Libe Dems to avoid standing against each other’s candidates in the next general election.

Ms Allen, who left the Conservatives to join other breakaway Tory and Labour MPs for Change UK told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I would like us to be in the same vehicle.”

Asked if she meant the same party, Ms Allen replied: “Yeah, probably, I don’t know. This partisan thing completely passes me by and when I look across Europe, they seem to do pretty well with coalitions.

“I don’t know what the format will be, but will we be singing from the same hymn sheet? I would hope as a collective, let’s call us a collective, somewhere in the middle with other like-minded colleagues.

“I don’t think it’s sensible to be too prescriptive at the moment.”

12.40pm update: Mr Raab said he will reduce basic rate of income tax if he comes PM

The former Brexit secrettary said he would cut the rate of basic income tax from 20p to 15p overtime while raising the national insurance threshold.

He will also reduce the basic rate of income tax by 1pm “straightaway”.

Mr Raab said: “We have got £26 billion worth of head-room within our deficit target.

“I have listened carefully to the Chancellor on Tuesday in the House of Commons. Because of the great work that Philip Hammond and previous chancellors have done, we have got, actually, what he called the ‘luxury of choice’ with what we do with that head-room, including cutting taxes for working families.

“That would be my priority.”

12.17pm update: Ms McVey insists there will be no hard border on Ireland in no-deal Brexit

The former minister said technology is available to set up an “invisible border” between Northern Ireland and the Republic, and said the EU will not place a border in the even of a no deal Brexit.

She added: “If there’s no deal we know that the EU isn’t going to put up a border, we know Ireland isn’t going to put up a border.

“There will be an invisible border, the technology already exists to be able to put that in place.”

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Brexit news: The contenders who declared bids to replace Mrs May when she resigns (Image: AFP/GETTY)

11.50am update: Brexit MUST be delivered before next general election, Raab says

The former Brexit Secretary stressed the importance of delivering Brexit before the next general election, which will be held on May 5 2020.

He said: “We are scheduled for 2022 and I think it’s very important we get delivered before we go back to the polls.”

When asked how to stop the Conservative Party falling apart, Mr Raab added: “Leavers, Remainers all want to get on and talk about other things that I talked about – a fairer deal for workers, the opportunities for society.

“Unless we get  delivered it will haunt us. Let’s get this done responsibly, in the right way, I want a deal if we can get one, but let’s move on and take Britain forward.”

11.20am update: Philip Hammond says he will NOT support leaving EU without deal

The UK finance minister said he would not support a strategy to take the UK out of the EU with no deal.

He added that it would also be difficult for a Prime Minister backing a no deal Brexit to retain confidence of Parliament.

Mr Hammond told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “A prime minister has to be able to command the confidence of Parliament in order to govern.

“Now, I don’t imagine that any of the candidates… will have in their minds that they want to push through a no-deal exit on October 31 and then leave office.

“How will they govern if they have defied Parliament on such an important issue?”

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Jeremy Hunt, who has launched his bid to become Tory leader, was seen going on a run this morning (Image: GETTY)

10.50am update: Britain must be ready to leave EU with NO DEAL, says Dominic Raab

Former minister Dominic Raab told the BBC today: “If you’re not willing to walk away from a negotiation, it doesn’t focus the mind of the other side,” Raab told the BBC. “If you do that you can be really credible in Brussels.”

Mr Raab said he would prefer Britain left with a dea,  but that he did not want to extend negotiations past the exit date on October 31. 

He also said he believed Britain would only be legally obliged to pay about £14 billion of the current £39 billion exit bill in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

10.35am update: Justine Greening rules herself out of the Tory leadership race

The former Secretary of State for Education branded it a “beauty parade for hard Brexiteers”.

Ms Greening told Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “This should and could be a leadership contest that was about hard choices for the Conservative Party.

“Instead it is really just going to be a beauty parade of hard eers.

“I am not going to be in it.”

10.25am update: Michael Gove confirms he wll run to replace Theresa May

Sky news has confirmed that Michael Gove will stand as a candidate in the Tory leadership race.

Speaking to the Press Association from his London home, Mr Gove said: 

“I can confirm that I will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country.

“I believe that I’m ready to unite the Conservative and Unionist Party, ready to deliver , and ready to lead this great country.”

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Theresa May was all smiles as she left church service this morning (Image: REUTERS)

10.10am update: Tory membership strikes FEAR into Remainer hearts

Brexiteers could be “infiltrating” the Conservative Party to influence the Tory leadership election, according to Change UK MP Anna Soubry, a former Tory minister.

She claimed: “Overwhelmingly the majority of associations are being infiltrated by nationally orchestrated entryism, blatantly designed to remove rebel MPs who they label traitors.”

Ms Soubry said her values were “no longer welcome in the Conservative Party”.

Tens of thousands of new members have signed up to join the Tories over the last year, dramatically increasing the electorate that will choose Theresa May’s successor.

There are now more than 160,000 paid-up backers in the Tory Party, which represents an increase of almost a third since March 201, the Sunday Telegraph revealed.

9.45am update: Britain must leave EU even with NO Brexit deal – Esther McVey says

Conservative lawmaker Esther McVey is entering the Tory leadership race in hopes to succeed Theresa May.

She said on Sky news today: “The 31st Oct is the key date and we are coming out then and if that means without a deal, then that is what it means.

“That date is now fixed. We won’t be asking for any more extensions, that is part of the corrosive uncertainty that individuals, business and the country don’t want.”

“If Europe wants to come back to us, the door is open if they want a better deal.

“Time is limited, we have to make sure we are ready to leave.

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