British PM Boris Johnson urges lawmakers to back October 31 Brexit

Friday, 09 Aug, 2019

If Boris is to call an election, it would nearly certainly be before October 31.

There was a similar response on the notion of no-deal happening on October 31 even if this fell during a general election campaign, a period when, by convention, the incumbent government does not take any major decisions. "I think what we need is to deliver Brexit". It follows recent pledges to hire more policy officers and increase infrastructure spending, including on railways. On Aug. 4, even Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly didn't rule it out.

With a majority of just one in the House of Commons, it takes only two Tory defectors to carry a motion of no confidence in Boris Johnson.

The possibility of a general election to unlock the Brexit process hangs in the air.

"So unless there is some change in that negotiated deal, then no-deal clearly is the central operating assumption".

At the moment, with both sides digging in, they do not look promising.

Leading figures within the British food industry have asked the government to revamp its competition laws, in anticipation of a no-deal Brexit.

"There is an utter determination that we will stop a no-deal", he said, adding: "There is a strong all-party consensus and high degree of dialogue that is going on".

But allies say Mr Johnson would stay in office even if he lost a confidence vote - and trigger a general election to take place after the Brexit date so the United Kingdom would leave the European Union automatically during the campaign. He last night confirmed he would call a no-confidence vote at "at a point when we can win it" but at an "appropriate very early time".

"Sorry, no deal will be really serious". Under the fixed terms act, he needs the parliament to vote for it.

But a diplomat at the meeting told Adam Fleming the comments simply reflected the speech Mr Johnson gave in the Commons the day after he became prime minister.

Polling and, crucially, the UK's first past the post electoral system, along with the current unpopularity of Labour, suggests that Johnson may feel confident of triumphing in an election.

"It now looks like all Boris Johnson has actually done is said they can spend that extra money after all".

One of his top advisers, Dominic Cummings, believes this is an option if Parliament plays hardball, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper this weekend.

Johnson has said Britain will leave the European Union on 31 October with or without a deal.

The former attorney general Dominic Grieve told The Times that the Queen has a "responsibility" to step in if Johnson refuses to step down over a no vote of confidence.

The plan, said to be the brainchild of Mr Johnson's controversial adviser Dominic Cummings, is meant to prevent rebel Tories and opposition parties thwarting a no- deal, but has been denounced as "anti-democratic" by opponents.

In any case, a hard Halloween Brexit on October 31st seems increasingly unlikely.

"My view is my view has always been that we've got to deliver on the result of the referendum".

Labour has said it will oppose any Brexit deal brought forward by Johnson if it does not protect jobs, workers rights and the environment.

Labour meanwhile is struggling with divisions over Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism in the party.