Jeremy Corbyn plans to block no-deal Brexit by becoming 'temporary' PM: Brexit News for Thursday 15 August

Jeremy Corbyn plans to block no-deal Brexit by becoming 'temporary' PM: Brexit News for Thursday 15 August
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Jeremy Corbyn plans to block no-deal Brexit by becoming ‘temporary’ PM…

Jeremy Corbyn plans to block a no-deal Brexit by appealing to Conservative MPs to install him as “temporary” prime minister. With less than 80 days to go until the 31 October deadline, the Labour leader is urging parties across parliament to oust Boris Johnson in a vote of no confidence. Mr Corbyn vowed that – if he ascends to power – he will delay Brexit, call a snap general election and campaign for another referendum with the option to Remain. He will likely hope that the promise of a “time-limited” government would be enough to secure the support of his critics. The move comes as MPs plot how to take on Mr Johnson and his pledge to deliver Brexit “do or die” on Halloween. – Sky News

…and Labour activists tell Corbyn he must back cancelling Brexit…

Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure to back cancelling Brexit altogether if it is the only way to stop the UK crashing out of the EU, as another battle with Labour activists looms. Almost 30 local parties are demanding Labour “support revoking Article 50 if necessary to prevent no deal”, in motions being submitted to its conference in September. The move threatens to shatter the fragile peace over Brexit policy since the shadow cabinet agreed Labour would campaign for Remain in any fresh referendum held while the Conservatives are in power. The policy was attacked as a fudge – after Mr Corbyn admitted Labour could yet fight a general election as a pro-Brexit party – and says nothing about wider strategy to stop the no deal Boris Johnson is threatening. Meanwhile, the issue of withdrawing the Article 50 notice that started the withdrawal process could yet take centre stage in the parliamentary fight to stop no deal in autumn. – Independent

…but Unite leader Len McCluskey says there is no path to a second Brexit referendum…

The Unite leader Len McCluskey has said Labour must support a pragmatic Brexit deal, saying it appeared to be impossible to stop no deal and that there was no path to a second referendum. The trade union boss, a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn whose views will carry significant weight in writing any future party manifesto, said Labour had to address how it would approach negotiating future trade deals if the UK had left the EU after Labour came to power. “I believe that if we haven’t left by 31 October that we should respect the 2016 referendum, which means leaving Europe but on a deal that the 48% would be happy with,” McCluskey told the BBC. “That is access to a frictionless market and a customs union protecting jobs and investment.” – Guardian

  • Jeremy Corbyn’s top ally Len McCluskey tells Remainer rebels to give up trying to stop Brexit – The Sun

…as fifty Labour MPs could vote for Brexit deal with the Tories to avoid a No Deal, top MP claims

Fifty Labour MPs could vote for a Brexit deal to avoid leaving the EU without a deal, a top Labour MP has claimed. Stephen Kinnock, who had been pushing Labour to do a deal with the Tories earlier this year, insisted that there was a large group of his own party who would now throw themselves behind an agreement. And as Boris Johnson steps up plans for a No Deal Brexit if the EU don’t compromise, Mr Kinnock now claimed that MPs were prepared to take drastic action. He told Politico that he would now do “whatever it takes” to avoid a No Deal Brexit, thanks to the Tories’ harder approach. – The Sun

Tom Watson urges Labour to work with Lib Dems to stop no-deal Brexit…

Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has urged his party to work with the Liberal Democrats in order to stop a no-deal Brexit, as the new Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson made clear she would work with Watson, despite having ruled out an alliance with Jeremy Corbyn. The remarks by the two senior politicians at a round table on Wednesday are likely to spark anger from the Labour leadership. Swinson has previously ruled out working with the Labour leader, branding him a Brexiter who could not be trusted to fight for a second referendum to keep the UK in the EU. Senior Labour figures have made clear they would not countenance backing any unity government or coalition to stop no deal unless it was led by Corbyn, whom they argue is best placed to command an anti-no deal majority. – Guardian

…but they reject Jeremy Corbyn’s call to back him in ‘time-limited’ government to block no-deal Brexit

The Labour leader threw down the gauntlet to the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and the Greens as he urged them to back a no confidence motion in Boris Johnson and then support a short-lived Labour-led government that would extend Article 50 and trigger a fresh general election. In a cross-party letter to key figures in each party, Mr Corbyn promised that he would then take Labour into an election “committed to a public vote on the terms of leaving the European Union, including an option to Remain”. But the call was given a frosty reception by the other opposition parties, who either snubbed the offer or called on Mr Corbyn to go further in his commitment to halting no-deal. – PoliticsHome

  • Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to block Brexit ‘will not find the support of the Commons’, newest Lib Dem MP says – Telegraph (£)

Ex-Tory MP Sarah Wollaston joins Lib Dems

Former Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston has joined the Liberal Democrats, saying it was the best way for her to fight for the UK to remain in the EU. Dr Wollaston was one of three Tory MPs to quit the party in February and join what would become Change UK, but she left that newly-formed party in June. She follows ex-Change UK and Labour MP Chuka Umunna in joining the Lib Dems – which now has 14 MPs. Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said Dr Wollaston would bring “real expertise”. The Totnes MP quit the Conservatives in February over the party’s “disastrous handling of Brexit”. In a Facebook post, she wrote that “after careful thought”, she had decided she could “best serve the interests” of her constituency by joining the Liberal Democrats. – BBC News

  • Ex-Tory MP Sarah Wollaston joins Lib Dems in battle against Brexit – Telegraph (£)

Boris Johnson has the public’s support to shut down Parliament to get Brexit over line, exclusive poll suggests…

Boris Johnson has the support of more than half of the public to deliver Brexit by any means, including suspending Parliament, according to a poll. The ComRes survey for The Telegraph found that 54 per cent of British adults think Parliament should be prorogued to prevent MPs stopping a no-deal Brexit. The poll suggested the Prime Minister is more in tune with the public’s views on Brexit than MPs, following his promise to deliver Brexit by October 31 “do or die”. Brussels has so far refused to give any ground to Mr Johnson on Brexit, but Government sources said on Monday that the EU had not reopened negotiations because it was waiting to see if Remainer rebels would act to try to prevent no deal. – Telegraph (£)

…but Commons Speaker John Bercow says he will stop Boris Johnson from closing Parliament to secure Brexit

John Bercow said on Tuesday that he would refuse to let Boris Johnson take Britain out of the EU by suspending Parliament. The Commons Speaker said he would fight any attempt to prorogue Parliament “with every bone in my body”. He also said that MPs can stop Britain leaving without a deal at the end of October, putting him on a collision course with the Prime Minister’s chief strategist, Dominic Cummings. Mr Bercow dismissed suggestions that he would stand down in the short term as Speaker. His first comments since Mr Johnson became Prime Minister last month set the scene for a constitutional battle this autumn in which Mr Johnson could find himself trying to take the UK out of the EU without a deal against the wishes of MPs. It is unclear how the Speaker could overrule Mr Johnson if Britain were to enter uncharted territory. Mr Cummings has suggested that Mr Johnson could delay calling a general election until after October 31, even if he lost a no confidence motion, allowing for a no-deal Brexit while Parliament is dissolved. – Telegraph (£)

Date set for court bid to prevent Boris Johnson forcing through no-deal Brexit

A legal bid to prevent Boris Johnson forcing through a no-deal Brexit by suspending Parliament will be heard in Scotland’s highest civil court next month. The action, backed by more than 70 MPs and peers, including the Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson and the SNP MP Joanna Cherry, wants the Court of Session in Edinburgh to rule that shutting down Parliament to make the UK leave the EU without a deal is “unlawful and unconstitutional”. The politicians had hoped to have the case fast tracked by having it referred straight to the most senior judges in the “Inner House” of the Court of Session, after voicing fears that they may run out of time before the UK is due to leave the EU on October 31. However Lord Doherty rejected the request, ordering instead that the case should be heard by one judge in the Outer House of the court – the normal procedure at the Court of Session – on September 6. Court papers claim the case “undoubtedly raises legal issues of profound constitutional significance and these require to be considered and determined as a matter of extreme urgency”. – Telegraph (£)

Boris Johnson believes EU will cave in at last minute to save Ireland from No Deal Brexit…

Boris Johnson believes the EU will do a Brexit deal with him to save Ireland, but only at the last minute. The PM now expects Brussels to wait for the outcome of Parliament’s efforts to delay or reverse Brexit next month before engaging with him, a No10 source said. Boris blames Remain MPs’ plots for the delay in any renegotiation of the backstop in Theresa May’s deal with the EU. But close confidantes say he is convinced Europe’s leaders will budge over the key issue if MPs fail, because otherwise “Ireland is f*****”, they insist. One Cabinet minister, a long standing Boris ally, told The Sun: “The EU will give us a better deal, because if they don’t Ireland is f*****. No Deal will destroy it.” – The Sun

…as Number 10 denies date is scheduled for Varadkar talks

Boris Johnson has no meeting scheduled with Leo Varadkar, the UK prime minister’s spokesman said yesterday. A report in The Sunday Telegraph said that an offer to meet the Irish leader to talk about the backstop had been accepted and dates were being discussed. The spokesman also said that Mr Johnson had been clear that he still wanted to get a Brexit deal but hoped the EU understood the British government’s determination to leave the bloc on October 31, “no ifs or buts”. A spokesman for the taoiseach said on Sunday that a meeting between Mr Varadkar and Mr Johnson was being planned, but that the backstop would not be up for renegotiation. – The Times (£)

Tory Remainer Philip Hammond says PM’s demands ‘wreck’ chance of new Brexit deal

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond has accused the PM of trying to wreck the chance of a new Brexit deal, by making demands the EU could never accept. In a Times article, Mr Hammond said a no-deal Brexit would be “a betrayal” of the 2016 referendum result. He told the BBC he was “confident” that Parliament “has the means” to express its opposition to a no-deal exit.  A No 10 source said the UK would leave on 31 October despite Mr Hammond’s “best efforts to the contrary”. The source added that Mr Hammond, as chancellor, “did everything he could” to block preparations for leaving and had “undermined negotiations”. The former chancellor rejected this suggestion in a tweet, saying he wanted to deliver Brexit “and voted to do so three times”. – BBC News

> WATCH: Former Chancellor Philip Hammond MP on Radio 4 Today programme

Boris blasts ‘terrible collaboration’ between Remainer MPs and EU to try and stop Brexit…

Boris Johnson has let rip at Philip Hammond today – saying Remainers like him are in a ‘terrible collaboration’ with the EU to derail Brexit. In his first ‘People’s PMQs’ session this afternoon he answered questions from the public live on Facebook. And he used it to tear into the former Chancellor after his explosive intervention this morning. The PM accused him of working together with the EU to stop Brexit. He said: “There’s a terrible kind of collaboration going on between people who think they can block Brexit in Parliament and our European friends. They are still sticking with every letter and comma of the withdrawal agreement because they still think Brexit can be blocked in Parliament.” – The Sun

…claims of ‘collaboration’ between anti-Brexit MPs and EU is rejected by officials

Senior figures in Brussels said the prime minister was misrepresenting the EU’s position and warned that it was his own red lines that were responsible for the blockage. “We are not waiting for MPs,” one EU diplomat said. “We have accepted that the UK is leaving the European Union and negotiated with the government in good faith. But we are not prepared to compromise on the guarantees we have made to Ireland. That is the obstacle to a deal. It has nothing to do with parliament at all.” Privately senior figures in Brussels say that it was a mistake to have given the UK such a long extension in April, which they now accept has made a no-deal Brexit more likely. – The Times (£)

Amber Rudd says there is ‘no guarantee’ jobs will not be lost in a no-deal Brexit

British workers could lose their jobs if there is a no-deal Brexit, Amber Rudd admitted on Tuesday. The Work and Pensions Secretary said there were “no guarantees about jobs, in or out, under any economic circumstances”, but that a no-deal Brexit would be “far worse than a deal Brexit”. Ms Rudd said that the Government was focused on getting a deal, but that it had to be prepared to exit the bloc without a deal on the Halloween deadline day. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government is preparing for a no-deal Brexit to ensure the UK leaves the EU on 31 October. Speaking on ITV News, Ms Rudd said: “A no-deal Brexit is definitely going to be a challenge for the economy, which is why the Government is putting together so much preparation should it come to that, and we are very clearly focused as a Government that we want to get a deal.”- iNews

MPs draw up £25million plan to airlift life-saving medical supplies into Britain in the event of No Deal

Health ministers have drawn up a plan to airlift emergency medical supplies into Britain every day to withstand a No Deal Brexit. A £25million contract will today be offered to couriers to fly in 50 pallets of urgent drugs as well as several hundred smaller parcels a day, for as long as a year. The dramatic measure would ensure life-saving pills will get to patients despite any potential lorry logjams at cross-channel ferry ports. Lengthy queues could spring up if border controls are re-imposed by EU governments after October 31 if there is no exit agreement in place. The move is the latest to be ordered by a major new drive by Boris Johnson’s government to turbo charge No Deal preparations. – The Sun

Next CEO Wolfson says no-deal Brexit would not lead to disorder and chaos

The chief executive of Next Simon Wolfson said a no-deal Brexit would not lead to disorder and chaos as the British government’s contingency planning meant the economy was better prepared. “We are a long way from disorder and chaos,” Chief Executive Wolfson told the BBC. He said that Next had moved all its imports and exports out of Calais to other ports. Wolfson, the boss of one of Britain’s biggest clothing retailers, said the government of Theresa May had failed to adequately prepare for a no-deal, a situation he said was now being addressed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. – Reuters

US would ‘enthusiastically’ support a no-deal Brexit, says top Trump official John Bolton

Donald Trump’s national security advisor has said the United States would “enthusiastically” support a no deal Brexit and accused the European Union of treating voters like “peasants”. Speaking after talks with Boris Johnson at Downing Street today, John Bolton laid out the White House’s vision for a closer trans-Atlantic relationship after Brexit. He said that the President had ordered officials to “fast track” a comprehensive free trade agreement with the UK and predicted a healing of rifts between London and Washington on security issues, including on Huawei’s access to the UK’s 5G market. “The main purpose of the visit is to convey President Trump’s desire to see a successful exit from the European Union for the UK on October 31,” Mr Bolton said. – Telegraph (£)

Get ready to charge EU citizens under no-deal Brexit, NHS bosses told…

EU citizens living in Britain will have to prove their right to free NHS care under a no-deal Brexit as part of new rules circulated to hospital managers. In a directive to the NHS the Department of Health said that trusts needed to prepare to charge EU citizens who had previously been eligible for free treatment “immediately after exit day”, which is scheduled for October 31. With only one million of the three million EU citizens living in Britain registered under the “settled status” programme, the move has led to accusations that ministers are creating a new “hostile environment” for immigrants. Representatives of doctors and citizens’ rights groups have said that the “poorly planned” measure would place new burdens on hospitals to carry out immigration checks on thousands of patients who might not easily be able to prove a right to free care. – The Times (£)

…with EU workers in Britain at a record high

A record number of EU citizens are working in Britain despite predictions that many would be deterred by Brexit. In the past year the number rose by almost 88,000, driven by a big increase in people coming from eastern Europe. The number dropped immediately after the EU referendum in June 2016 but has recovered. Jonathan Portes, economics professor at King’s College London, said: “Although migration from the EU has fallen since the referendum, there is still no sign of a mass exodus of EU citizens from the UK. Meanwhile, the UK labour market continues to perform well despite the stagnant economy.” Two years ago a study by the consultancy company Deloitte found that more than a third of foreign workers were considering leaving Britain within five years, including nearly half of highly skilled Europeans. However, the Office for National Statistics figures published yesterday showed that the number of EU-born workers rose to a record 2.38 million between April and June.  – The Times (£)

Asa Bennett: Only in Remainer fantasyland would the British people want more dither and delay

It is safe to say that the Telegraph’s latest survey, conducted by ComRes, should make sobering reading for the political class. The vast majority of those surveyed (89 per cent) feel that MPs ignore the wishes of voters over Brexit to push their own agendas, that Parliament is out of touch with the public (88 per cent), that it is not more in tune with voters than the avowed Brexiteer Boris Johnson (62 per cent) can claim to  be. What’s more, they are right behind the Prime Minister’s pledge to deliver Brexit “come what may” by October 31, with 54 per cent agreeing that he needs to deliver Brexit by any means, including suspending Parliament to prevent MPs from stopping it. Such findings should have provided a wake-up call for Remainers in their tireless efforts to keep Brexit at bay. Instead, their response to the suggestion that their anti-Brexit crusade is only disenchanting voters has been to assume that the poll’s conclusions must be wrong. When they have not been arguing about polling, Remainers have been busy today pushing ahead with legal action in the hope the courts will stop Mr Johnson from forcing through Brexit by suspending parliament. It now emerges that their case will be heard on September 6. – Asa Bennett for the Telegraph (£)

Patrick O’Flynn: Philip Hammond got us into this mess. How dare he lecture Boris Johnson now

Imagine being on an aircraft coming in to land when the captain and her co-pilot abort touchdown at the last minute. Then imagine them aborting it again shortly afterwards. Mercifully, there is another crew on board. So the captain is carted off, the co-pilot also removed and the new team in the cockpit calm the passengers by making an unequivocal promise that this time they will land. From first class to steerage, the passengers feel their stress levels subside thanks to the new pilot’s obvious assurance. Suddenly the former co-pilot stands up and shouts: “You are doing it wrong, give me back the controls!” Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Philip Hammond, the co-pilot of Theresa May and co-deviser of a strategy that failed to deliver Brexit – the “you had one job” task of her administration. – Patrick O’Flynn for the Telegraph (£)

Robert Peston: Jeremy Corbyn’s mystifying Brexit stance continues

A Labour party that goes into the looming general election campaigning for a new Brexit referendum, which Jeremy Corbyn says it will do, will delight Boris Johnson and fill EU leaders with despair. Because Johnson will think millions of British people will recoil at the idea of a general election followed by a referendum in quick succession. And Johnson will also be delighted that he would face a warring opposition, since Lib Dems, Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru are clear the UK must stay in the EU, whereas Corbyn’s Labour isn’t sure. Also EU leaders will be despondent that the UK under Corbyn’s plan may still not have made up its mind whether to stay or go by next spring, when the EU has to set its new budget. And for most EU leaders the Brexit uncertainty simply cannot be tolerated beyond April 2020. Corbyn seems to be doing his best to gee up enemies and alienate potential allies. – Robert Peston for The Spectator

Madeline Grant: Caroline Lucas’s all-female Cabinet shows how desperate Remainers have become; but at least it’s provided light relief

First Ghostbusters, then Doctor Who, a female 007, and now, perhaps the most ambitious, gender-flipping reboot in history – an all-women cabinet. Caroline Lucas has invited 10 politicians to join her in forming an “emergency Cabinet” to fix Brexit. The Green Party MP claims her group could “bring a different perspective” to politics. Women, she added, “are able to reach out to those they disagree with, and cooperate to find solutions”. If only we’d had a lady leading the process until now, eh? But these won’t be any old women setting the “vagenda”. Though Lucas’s unifying overtures extend to Emily Thornberry, Jo Swinson, Anna Soubry and even Nicola Sturgeon – whose sole political aim is, literally, separation – this is a selective sisterhood. All share her uncompromising belief that Brexit must be halted in its tracks. I am beginning to wonder whether the stop-Brexit brigade’s increasingly mad-cap schemes are in fact a form of elaborate postmodern satire. – Madeline Grant for the Telegraph (£)

Sunder Katwala: To understand Boris and Brexit, look to Edmund Burke

They are proud of Edmund Burke in Bristol. His statue stands on Colston Avenue, fist aloft, the inscription declaring “I wish to be a Member of Parliament to have my share of doing good and resisting evil”. Burke is celebrated to this day for his Speech to the Electors of Bristol on election day in 1774, in which he set out why an MP owed his constituents his judgment and conscience, but didn’t necessarily owe them the total subjugation of his own views to theirs. In his view, MPs were elected to represent their constituents best interests as determined by the MP’s judgement, rather than simply to represent the wishes of a constituent, regardless of his own judgement. – Sunder Katwala for CapX

Rob Wilson: Remainer Bercow isn’t just demeaning his office, he’s damaging our entire political system

With the clock running down and the possibility of Parliament intervening to stop the Government delivering Brexit on October 31 much reduced, increasingly desperate Remain MPs are, once again, looking to an unlikely hero to save them. Right on cue, John Bercow has puffed out his chest, raised himself up to his full height and roared defiantly that he will not allow the Prime Minister to sideline the Remain-heavy Commons. Politics is both extraordinary engaging and profoundly dark at the moment. It is hard to know where to begin, but perhaps with a question: which other Speaker in our history has made a national intervention such as the one made from a stage at the Edinburgh Fringe by the ever-theatrical Bercow? – Rob Wilson for the Telegraph (£)

Tim Newark: Trump’s backing of no deal Brexit should strike fear into the heart of EU

When the going gets tough, it’s good to know who your friends are and John Bolton, US National Security Adviser, has made it clear that the world’s biggest economy is keen to fix a trade deal with the UK sector by sector to avoid delays. “We see the importance and urgency of doing as much as we can agree on as rapidly as possible,” he says, “because of the impending October 31 exit date.” It’s a clever response to the doomsayers who moan that trade deals take years to negotiate. We clearly share similar values over many aspects of trade, so why not shelve the difficult bits and speedily gain easier access to each other’s markets? It’ll give a lift to our economy post-Brexit and could set the tone for other rapid trade deals with major economies. Such a commitment should shake smug Brussels bureaucrats into getting real over our exit deal and ditching the Irish backstop. But we may already have got beyond that point as No Deal with such a crucial back-up trade agreement is looking increasingly attractive. Especially as we get to keep our £39billion the EU is desperate to get their hands on. – Tim Newark for the Express

Tom Harris: Thank the Lib Dems that Boris Johnson is all but guaranteed to deliver Brexit by October 31

Nothing gets the Liberal Democrats more excited than the prospect of constitutional change. You name it, they’ve campaigned for it: direct elections to the Lords, votes for children, UK federalism and, of course, proportional representation. By 2010, another obsession – removing the right of the incumbent prime minister to dissolve parliament and call a fresh general election at a time of his own choosing – was pretty high up the agenda. The convention was unfair to opposition parties and allowed governments to set an election date that suited them best, it was (accurately) claimed. And so Liberal Democrats up and down the country agreed unanimously that a radical change was needed. Like local government elections, general elections should be held on a strict timetable. No sooner had the last election taken place than the next one could be written in your diary. In ink. – Tom Harris for the Telegraph (£)

Paul Goodman: Hammond complains about a No Deal Brexit – a policy to which he was signed up if necessary. And undermined.

Philip Hammond’s Times article today is striking not for its content, which reflects what he is already known to believe, but its timing.  Mid-August usually sees the dog days of the Westminster calendar; its quietest period other than the Christmas holidays. Yet the former Chancellor has chosen to break cover now. There is a sense that the Prime Minister will go for a No Deal Brexit if necessary by October 31, and that his aim is simple while that of his opponents is confused.  Will they go for a No Confidence vote when Parliament returns? Will they seek to force a futher extension on the Government instead? Is either gambit practicable? Do they agree? Meanwhile, Johnson really seems set on that end of October deadline, “do or die”. That’s why Dominic Cummings is in place. He is the man for either – by, as he has found a way of reminding us, “any means necessary”. – Paul Goodman for ConservativeHome

The Sun: Philip Hammond hangs around like a bad smell only to sabotage another PM and kill Brexit

Like a particularly unpleasant smell, it appears Philip Hammond is intent on hanging around. Yes, the human sleeping pill is back, continuing the work that so endeared him to the country during the three years he spent in the Treasury: undermining our negotiations in Brussels, attaching ludicrous conditions to the 2016 Referendum and talking the country down. A nation yesterday sighed in unison as he mounted another assault on the possibility of Britain leaving the EU with a clean break. Plague and pestilence, imminent recession, everything short of the apocalypse itself. He morphs ever more into a 21st century Grim Reaper with every passing day. – The Sun says

The Telegraph: The Brexit endgame is underway – and constitutional crisis has never looked more likely

Even in the depths of August, the Brexit endgame is beginning to take shape. In Downing Street and across Whitehall, officials are chained to their desks working out a strategy for reviving talks with the EU or planning for a no-deal withdrawal if Brussels continues to resist negotiations with the new Government. Meanwhile, senior figures opposed to no deal – or to Brexit entirely – are plotting to thwart Boris Johnson in whatever endeavour he has in mind. John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, who eschewed impartiality on this subject long ago, has said he will fight to stop a no deal “with every breath in my body”. Philip Hammond is seeking to mobilise resistance to the prospect, for which, he says, there is no popular mandate. Their difficulty is that the law states the UK will leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal. The only recourse for the opponents of Mr Johnson, therefore, is to bring his Government down in a motion of no confidence. But even if he loses, he can then pick the date for an election after the UK has already left. Since this would negate the object of toppling Mr Johnson there is only one option left, which is to use the 14-day interregnum allowed in the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act after a successful no-confidence vote to form another government, which would stop no deal. – Telegraph (£) view

Brexit in Brief

  • The PM is siding with the people over the elite – no wonder his poll ratings are soaring – Stewart Jackson for the Telegraph (£)
  • The jobs boom means the British economy is ready for anything – Amber Rudd MP for the Telegraph (£)
  • Tory arch-Remainers will soon find they have no place left in their party – Allister Heath for the Telegraph (£)
  • ‘To say that people voted for hard Brexit simply isn’t true’ – Philip Hammond MP for The Times (£)
  • Juncker replacement Ursula von der Leyen rejected in shock survey – Express