REMAINERS hope to launch a Commons trap to ensure there is no Brexit and no election until DECEMBER as Boris Johnson holds war Cabinet to fight their plot.
Senior Tories gathered at No10 after Boris suffered another defeat – with his call for a snap election voted down for the second time late last night.
The blow for the PM came hours before the Parliament shutdown with bitter Remainers causing chaos in the chamber over the decision to stop MPs sitting for five weeks.
Labour is now planning to delay a national poll until December in a plot to destroy the PM’s chances of taking us out of the EU “do or die” by October 31.
MPs are set to return on October 14 with crucial votes on a Queen’s Speech – which lays out the government’s legislative agenda – held on October 21.
However, if opposing parties don’t like what they hear this could then lead to a vote of no confidence in the government.
If Boris lost, a new government would then have to be formed in 14 days or an election would be called, taking us into December.
Another outcome would be – if Labour did manage to persuade Brussels to grant a Brexit extension, there would have to be a period of 25 working days until the poll which would also take us into December.
While the clock ticks down to October 31, what is the PM’s strategy?
IS TIME RUNNING OUT FOR A DEAL?
The PM has said repeatedly he wants a deal with Brussels and reiterated this when he met with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today in Dublin.
Boris described No Deal as a “failure of statecraft” for both sides and told the Irish PM: “I have one message that I want to land with you today Leo and that is that I want to find a deal.”
Boris has previously said Britain will be leaving the bloc “do or die” by October 31, but the Northern Irish backstop remains one of the most controversial stumbling blocks.
A glimmer of hope was provided today when Mr Varadkar said he was open to “alternatives” to the backstop as long as they were “realistic”.
Remainers are desperate for a Brexit extension to hammer out futher plans, but this plot was shot down by EU chiefs yesterday.
Guy Verhoftstadt, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit co-ordinator, said another delay would be “unacceptable unless the deadlock in London is broken”
FRESH DEAL AFTER OCTOBER 31
If a Brexit extension is agreed and then an election is staged, a new deal could be brokered.
Boris, bolstered by a majority, or a new PM could build new Brexit negoations with the EU – if they are open to them.
PM WON’T BREAK NO DEAL LAW
A law designed to stop a No Deal Brexit was rammed through the Commons last week.
Boris warned it would “scupper negotiations” but the bill passed all stages in the Commons and will be granted Royal Assent today.
Once that happens the PM will be legally required to go to Brussels and ask for the date to be pushed back.
If he fails to do this he would trigger a Supreme Court challenge.
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It is believed the PM would prefer the legal route and risk the biggest constitutional crisis in centuries in the process.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab denied No10 would break law – simply insisting they would push to its limit.
He said “But because this is such a bad piece of legislation, we will also want to test to the limit what it does actually lawfully require.”
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