GLOATING Remainer MPs cheered on Speaker John Bercow as he reopened Parliament this morning – after they pledged to wreck Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan.
MPs could not contain their glee as the anti-Brexit Speaker welcomed them back into the chamber and reopened the session following yesterday’s damning Supreme Court ruling.
FURIOUS MR COX
As tensions ran high in Westminster on another dramatic day:
- MPs called for Boris to quit as he flew in from New York and dashed back to No10
- A minister revealed that the PM will try to force through an election for a THIRD time with a fresh vote
- Remainer Jo Swinson and a bunch of MPs cheered as they went back into Parliament this morning
Attorney Geoffrey Cox blasted Remainer MPs in a furious rant in the Commons over their plans to block Brexit.
Just hours before the PM was set to address Parliament, he fumed: “This Parliament is a dead Parliament. It should no longer sit. It has no moral right to sit on these green benches.
“Given the opportunity, given since I am asked, let me tell them the truth – they could vote no confidence at any time but they are too cowardly.
“They could agree to a motion to allow this house to dissolve but they are too cowardly.
“This parliament should have the courage to face the electorate. But it won’t.
“Because so many of them are really all about preventing us from leaving the European Union.
“The time is coming Mr Speaker, when even these turkeys won’t be able to prevent Christmas!”
The Cabinet minister blasted Mr Corbyn for repeatedly refusing to vote for an election – despite calling for one for years.
The Attorney General, who admitted the Government did “get it wrong” over the legal advice given during the court case, said Labour MPs were “clinging to their green benches for another few undeserved years”.
He let slip this afternoon the Government’s plan is to try and force through an election for the THIRD time.
This Parliament is a dead Parliament. It should no longer sit
Minutes earlier Jo Swinson said Boris was “not fit to be Prime Minister” as she announced a Lib Dem led plot to stop us leaving the EU on October 31.
Swinson said MPs must remove the “threat of No Deal” before Boris meets with Brussels chiefs next month.
She also claimed Britain was in a “moment of great peril” and ruled out tabling a vote of no confidence and instead called on MPs to look at “all options”.
In cringe-worthy scenes outside Parliament, MPs then clapped the Lib Dem boss and said “here-here” as if they were cheering her on from inside the chamber.
This morning the Lib Dem boss hinted that MPs would now try and completely wreck Boris’ Brexit position and destroy the chances of a No Deal Brexit even sooner.
At the moment the law says Boris needs to accept an extension if he doesn’t get a deal by October 17, but Ms Swinson suggested they would try and bring that forward to before October’s EU council meeting.
Swinson said: “Parliament can be innovative and inventive.
“We saw in September the House of Commons take control of the order paper to pass legislation.
“That’s the type of way forward which may well enable us to take the threat of a No Deal Brexit off the table much sooner than the 19 October.”
Smug Swinson’s call comes after it emerged the PM will throw down the gauntlet to Jeremy Corbyn for a third time and demand a general election.
The move comes after Supreme Court judges ruled Boris’ dramatic move to suspend – or prorogue – Parliament was unlawful.
Mr Johnson is expected to call for a vote on a national poll tomorrow, the Telegraph reports.
He has repeatedly challenged Mr Corbyn to an election and previously blasted the Labour boss as a “chicken” after he dodged the call in the Commons.
Cabinet ministers have called for the PM to suspend – or prorogue Parliament – for a second time if he loses the vote.
This morning the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox refused to rule it out – which could pave the way for another Queen’s speech in weeks.
A Government source said: “We are in truly uncharted territory here.
“Proroguing Parliament again would not be without risk, but every time the courts and others try to stop the Prime Minister, it reinforces the point that the Government is fighting a lone battle to carry out the will of the people.”
Boris landed on an RAF flight from New York at 11am and is expected to join MPs in the chamber this afternoon.
While the shutdown will top the list of priorities across the House – no formal votes on it are expected to take place today.
The Government is expected to give five oral statements in the chamber today.
There will also be no Prime Minister’s Questions, but Bercow said MPs would have “full scope” for urgent questions, ministerial statements and emergency debates.
The anti-Brexit Speaker said he “welcomed” the verdict by the Supreme Court judges and the Tories fear he is among the Remainers who will do their upmost to block Brexit.
MPs see the resumed sitting as their last chance to stop us leaving the bloc while time ticks down to the deadline on October 31.
Diane Abbott told reporters that Labour is plotting with other parties to “improve the Benn bill” – which stopped us leaving with No Deal – in another effort to block the will of the people.
Remainer MPs are set to demand fresh detail on Brexit and a statement on Parliament’s suspension.
If the PM refuses, Labour has vowed to force its publication by passing a Commons motion known as a humble address.
The move is backed by former Cabinet minister Amber Rudd and the sacked Tory rebels.
A cross-party group has agreed to “drown” the Government with requests for information with questions on the collapse of Thomas Cook and the ongoing violence in Hong Kong.
They will not, however, ask for an immediate no confidence vote.
A defiant Mr Johnson has refused to quit as PM despite Mr Corbyn – and other opposition ministers – calling for his head.
Boris said he “strongly disagreed” with the ruling of the 11 justices at the Supreme Court but vowed he was going nowhere.
Instead the embattled Tory leader fumed: “Jeremy Corbyn is talking out the back of his neck and he should have an election.”
Mr Johnson updated Cabinet ministers on the ruling in a conference call on Tuesday from New York, in which Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg reportedly said the Supreme Court judgment amounted to a “constitutional coup”.
I don’t think the Government should apologise also for saying that we are attempting to honour the democratic will of the British people.
He also spoke to the Queen after the verdict, according to a Government source who would not comment on whether he apologised to the monarch.
A defiant Michael Gove has refused to “apologise” for the chaos the government’s Parliament shutdown has caused.
He told the BBC told: “I don’t think that the Government should apologise for having a strong domestic agenda, I don’t think we should apologise also for seeking to advance our exit from the European Union.
“I don’t think the Government should apologise also for saying that we are attempting to honour the democratic will of the British people.”
Despite Boris losing all six parliamentary votes during his brief tenure as PM, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster said he was a “born winner”.
“I think it is only fair to say that Boris is the Pep Guardiola of British politics,” Mr Gove said.
FACING THE MUSIC
Shadow cabinet office minister Jon Trickett indicated they would be seeking to bring Mr Johnson to the Commons chamber to account for his actions.
“We want to hear what legal advice he was acting on, why he ended up in court and being ruled in this quite extraordinary way.
Mr Rees-Mogg will set out the business for the week on Wednesday, a Government source said.
Mr Johnson meanwhile has said he still wants to go ahead with a new Queen’s Speech setting out the Government’s legislative agenda – his stated reason for seeking a shutdown of Parliament.
His comments suggest that he could potentially seek another suspension – or prorogation – something he has not ruled out.
Mr Corbyn, who brought forward his Labour Party Conference speech so he can return to Westminster, called the PM’s plan to stop MPs sitting for five weeks “reckless” and “disastrous”.
He added: “This unelected Prime Minister should now resign.”
But yesterday the embattled PM was handed a huge boost after trade talks with Donald Trump.
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Backing him to stay at No10, the US President said: ““I’ll tell you, I know him well, he’s not going anywhere”.
And Boris replied: “No, no, no”.
Asked if he had any advice for PM to deal with judges, Mr Trump said: “No I think he’s doing very well.
And on his reaction to the court ruling today he added: “I had no reaction … for him it’s just another day at the office.”
Boris shrugged off today’s drama, adding: “Tomorrow’s just another day in Parliament.”
Labour boss plans to ruin Boris' Brexit plans
JEREMY Corbyn today said he would throw Boris Brexit plans into chaos for at least a month as he refused an election yet again.
The Labour boss point blank refused to sort out the political deadlock by going back to the people until AFTER the PM has requested a Brexit extension from the EU.
Boris has insisted he won’t ever ask for another delay, but it’s unclear exactly what his plan would be if there was no deal after October’s EU summit.
Mr Corbyn said this morning: “Until it is very clear that the application will be made, per the legislation, to the EU to extend our membership to at least January, then we will continue pushing for that and that is our priority.”And he demanded that Boris apologise formally to the Queen too.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said Labour should push for a vote of no confidence in Boris as soon as possible – saying he would support the leftie boss becoming “interim” prime minister.But he would only back him to get a Brexit extension and call a general election.
Mr Corbyn said today he had no plans for a vote of no confidence in his conference speech, which was brought forward 24 hours after the damning verdict yesterday.
The Supreme Court has been urged by Remain lawyers to demand that MPs are recalled next week if it rules that Boris Johnson misled the Queen[/caption]
What happens next now MPs are back in Parliament?
TODAY MPs have returned to Westminster in chaos after the Supreme Court ordered Boris’ shutdown of Parliament as “unlawful”.
In effect, it means that Parliament was never really shut down and just had a short break.
Ministers will give five statements to MPs today in the House of Commons – including on Thomas Cook, Brexit and Iran.
Boris will then address MPs about the damning Supreme Court verdict and will answer their burning questions.
The PM’s spokesperson said this morning he will address the next steps.Boris could try and shut down Parliament yet again – but this is unlikely after the verdict yesterday.
Or he could try and secure a short recess for a few days so the Tories can hold their conference in Manchester next week.
SNP MPs are pushing for a vote of no confidence in Boris to try and topple the Government, but Labour aren’t on board yet.
They don’t want to risk an election where Britain could crash out of the EU without a deal on October 31 in the middle of the campaign.
At the moment the law insists that the PM should seek an extension if they don’t have a deal by October 17.
However, Boris has vowed not to ask for a third delay under any circumstances.
EU leaders have said they will only grant one for a specific purpose – like an election or a second referendum.
But if they are faced with the prospect of a No Deal Brexit, it’s likely they would green-light another delay.
Boris has insisted he WON’T resign despite the chaos but has no majority in the Commons to get anything done.
And without a Queen’s Speech, he can’t bring forward any new laws either.He’s still hoping to secure a deal at the October EU summit, which he will bring back for MPs just days before the Brexit deadline.
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