REBEL Tory MPs went behind Boris Johnson’s back to get the EU to approve an extension to Brexit, it has been claimed.
Underhanded senior figures negotiated a three-month delay to the October 31 deadline – despite the PM vowing he would rather “die in a ditch” than to further delay Britain’s exit from the EU.
And they claimed they were even willing to take the Prime Minister to court if he didn’t support the request for an extension.
One figure in the rebel group told The Times: “We don’t think it will be granted – we know it will be.
“Those discussions have already taken place.”
They said even “sceptical” France’s President Emmanuel Macron had been swayed to approve the delay.
Despite being dealt a major blow yesterday when the Lords approved legislation blocking a No Deal Brexit, the PM vowed he would “never” postpone Brexit’s looming October 31 deadline.
The bill orders Mr Johnson to ask for a Brexit delay until January 31 next year if no agreement has been reached by October 19 and MPs do not back No Deal. It is expected to receive Royal Assent on Monday.
But BoJo wrote to Tory members saying he would not carry out Parliament’s instructions to ask for another extension – saying he was only bound “in theory” by the law passed on Friday.
He added: “They just passed a law that would force me to beg Brussels for an extension to the Brexit deadline. This is something I will never do.”
The Prime Minister was today warned by the former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord MacDonald that he could face jail if he ignored the legislation.
When asked if jail time would be an “extreme outcome”, the 66-year-old told Sky News: “It is by convention that if you are found guilty of defying a court order then you are jailed.”
“A refusal in the face of that would amount to contempt of court which could find that person in prison.”
Mr Johnson was encouraged by former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith to become a “martyr” and continue to push for Brexit.
And sources claimed the PM was willing to resign in a nuclear move.
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If he were to stand down, the Queen would ask MPs if anyone else could form a government capable of commanding a majority in the Commons and, if not, there would have to be an election.
The law would still dictate that a Brexit delay must be sought, with an election likely to then be held in November.
In this situation, Remainers are confident Brexit would be delayed.
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