Suspending Parliament for no-deal Brexit will provoke crisis - Hammond

Cheryl Sanders
July 14, 2019

Boris Johnson, the leading contender to be Britain's next prime minister, said on Wednesday it would be "very odd" to give the judiciary a say over Brexit, responding to the threat of a legal challenge by former prime minister John Major.

House Speaker John Bercow has said it is "blindingly obvious" that the next prime minister would not be able to sideline parliament, adding: "Parliament will not be evacuated from the centre stage of the decision-making process on this important matter".

His rival Jeremy Hunt has ruled it out.

MPs have consistently voted against a no-deal Brexit, but by closing Parliament (proroguing) in the run-up to Brexit day they would be denied of the opportunity to block it.

Clark told Sky News on Friday that the disruption of a no-deal departure would lead to job losses.

"It's many thousands of jobs". "It's evident that if you have the disruption that comes from a no-deal Brexit there will be people that will lose their jobs".

Mr Clark cited evidence from businesses when challenged that some are claiming the United Kingdom could weather an exit on World Trade Organisation terms.

Clark said it was "hugely important" to negotiate a deal rather than leave the European Union without one, noting that the government has a responsibility to protect people's livelihoods.

AQuestion Time special with the two Conservative leadership candidates "now looks unlikely to go ahead".

Great to meet Members in Maidstone and Sevenoaks this evening.

"I sacrificed my job in order to try to get a deal".

A ComRes survey for the Telegraph suggested that an election would leave the Tories with 345 seats to Labour's 207, with the Brexit Party on zero, following Mr Johnson's claim that he is prepared to seek a No Deal Brexit.

The veteran MEP noted that Theresa May still has a couple of weeks left before her premiership is expected to terminate, and that she could "as a parting gift, still appoint a new ambassador who might be perfectly very bad like Sir Kim Darroch", but that if the decision does fall to Mr Johnson, and Mr Johnson does make the offer, he might not be able to accept it.

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