UK’s Johnson weakened by party defections over Brexit


Boris Johnson appeared to be "rattled" by loud chanting from protesters who threatened to drown out his speech outside 10 Downing Street on Monday evening.

Ms Greening, Mr Hammond and Mr Grieve all confirmed they would join opposition MPs in voting for legislation created to delay Britain's exit from the European Union if no agreement can be struck with the European Union before October 31.

Johnson insists the potential for a no-deal Brexit must remain an option in negotiations with the EU.

'Then of course if we get the sequencing right and we can get sufficient support across the house we live and breathe for a general election'.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party wants his lawmakers to vote for an October 14 election but with a "mechanism" attached to force an extension to Britain's Brexit date from Halloween, The Sun's political editor said on Tuesday. But he may be able to circumvent the FTPA by passing a one-line bill that said: "Notwithstanding the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, the next election will be on [x date]", for which he would only need a simple majority. "But the lingering doubt they've got is: Will the shenanigans in Parliament somehow lead to the cancellation or the delay of Brexit?"

Gavin Williamson has urged Conservative MPs to rally behind the Prime Minister ahead of an expected parliamentary battle over Brexit.

Mr Williamson has accused Mr Corbyn of "trying to undermine" the chance of an exit deal with the European Union.

Dominic Grieve, who served as attorney general in David Cameron's government, said threats made this week to withdraw the whip from any Tories voting against the Government demonstrated Mr Johnson's "ruthlessness" in power.

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MPs from Johnson's own Conservative Party are preparing to join opposition lawmakers in a vote on Tuesday to try to force him to delay Brexit if he can not strike an agreement with Brussels in the next few weeks.

The deal was defeated in Britain's Parliament three times, largely because of opposition to clauses related to keeping open the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The British parliament returns on Tuesday from its summer break and an alliance of opposition lawmakers and some rebels in Johnson's party will seek to grab control of parliament to force him to delay rather than go for a no-deal Brexit. "We are working with other parties to do everything necessary to pull our country back from the brink".

Corbyn, the leader of the main opposition party, says that a no-deal Brexit would put U.K. public services "at the mercy" of big business in the United States as Britain would be in a rush to strike a trade deal with America to replace trade with the European Union single market.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman confirmed that if there was to be an election it would be held before the European Council summit of EU leaders on October 17. Johnson's supporters said lawmakers were weakening the government's negotiating position with the EU.

Rebel lawmakers will seek on Tuesday to take control of parliamentary time on Wednesday to pass the bill to force Johnson's hand.

The febrile atmosphere came after Johnson got tough with members of his Conservative Party who opposed his Brexit plans.

A no-deal Brexit is considered risky because it will sever decades of seamless trade with Europe's single market of 500 million people. Without such a deal, Britain faces a chaotic Brexit that economists warn would disrupt trade by imposing tariffs and customs checks between Britain and the bloc.

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