Boris Johnson Says Brexit Deadline Must Not Be Seen as 'Phony'

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2019

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to become Britain's next prime minister, has refused to rule out suspending parliament to deliver on his promise that Britain will leave the European Union on October 31 with or without an exit deal.

Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson faces her authority "being shredded by the day" as more of her party colleagues back Boris Johnson for Prime Minister and support a no-deal Brexit, an MSP has claimed.

The Observer newspaper reported Sunday that the pro-Euro campaigner Miller would launch immediate legal action to prevent the next likely prime minister Johnson from shutting down parliament in order to drive through a no-deal Brexit against the wishes of MPs.

The letter follows a similar warning to Johnson of legal action from former Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister John Major, a supporter of United Kingdom foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt in the race for Downing Street.

"If we have a deal, if it's clear to us and to the Europeans there's a deal to be done, then of course I would go for that and if it took a little bit - you know, a few extra days - to get it through parliament".

The UK's Supreme Court ruled by a majority of eight justices to three in January 2017 that MPs and peers must give their consent before the government could trigger Article 50 and formally initiate Brexit.

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Mrs May said she had underestimated the unwillingness of some people in parliament to compromise to deliver Brexit.

"If we get a deal, it will be on or around 31st October but I can't control what Parliament does and that's why I'm being honest with people", he said. He's refused to rule out proroguing - or suspending - Parliament to fulfill that pledge.

Most MPs are against leaving the European Union without a deal and could try to stop it from happening.

"They want to see a government now, with renewed conviction, get out there and do exactly what it said it will do, which is now to deliver Brexit", she told Sky News. "I sat down and tried to get a compromise with [Opposition Leader] Jeremy Corbyn to try to get a deal that would get through Parliament", she said.

Up to 160,000 Conservative Party members are voting for their next party leader and Prime Minister to replace outgoing leader Theresa May.

The victor of the Conservative Party leadership race - and next prime minister - will be announced on 23 July.

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