Boris Johnson will publicly announce plans tomorrow (Tuesday) for an October 14 general election in a final threat to force Tory Brexit rebels to back down. Sources unveiled the bombshell move tonight after the Prime Minister issued a final ultimatum to Tories not to block no-deal Brexit. The shock move opens the door to the first Monday general election in decades – and the third election since 2015 – in a shameless U-turn weeks after Mr Johnson branded a snap poll “the height of folly”. The brazen Prime Minister tonight said he’d be forced to call a poll if talks with the EU are deadlocked. Yet he tried to shift the blame to MPs – with sources saying it would be their fault for siding with Jeremy Corbyn. A senior government source confirmed Downing Street plans to publish the text of a draft motion tomorrow to trigger an October 14 general election. The motion under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act would then be formally tabled in the House of Commons on Wednesday – but only if MPs vote to take control of the Commons order paper tomorrow, which is the first step to blocking a no-deal Brexit.
Boris Johnson will hold a snap general election on Monday, Oct 14, if Parliament votes to seize control of Brexit from him on Tuesday. The Prime Minister warned Remainers that in “no circumstances” will he agree to another delay, meaning they will have to force him from Downing Street if they want to postpone Brexit beyond Oct 31. In a televised address outside No 10, Mr Johnson made it clear to the 20-plus Tory rebels plotting with Labour to thwart his plans that they would leave him with no choice but to call an election “which I don’t want and you don’t want” if they defeated the Government on Tuesday night.
Britain is heading for its third general election in less than five years after Boris Johnson said yesterday that he would go to the polls rather than accept another Brexit delay. The prime minister said that he did not want to send voters back to the ballot box but told MPs that he would seek an election on October 14 if they moved to block a no-deal exit today. In a speech in Downing Street he said that such a move by MPs would “chop the legs out from under the UK” and make any further negotiation impossible.
A Tory civil war erupted last night after Boris Johnson threatened to call a snap General Election if MPs vote to block No Deal today. Mr Johnson warned Tory rebels last night he will call an election on October 14 if they vote to wreck his Brexit plans today, and MPs such as Philip Hammond, David Gauke and Rory Stewart would be barred from standing. But, in a challenge to the PM, Mr Hammond, who is MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, was reselected by executive members of the Conservative Association at a private meeting, last night.
Boris Johnson will call a general election for 14 October if he loses a crunch vote designed to block a no-deal Brexit in the House of Commons on Tuesday, senior government officials have said. The source said the prime minister was confident that the election motion would receive the two-thirds majority in the Commons required to trigger an early poll under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. Ministers will table the motion by the end of Tuesday, but it will be moved to a vote on Wednesday only if MPs vote tomorrow to take control of Commons business in order to pass a bill to remove the option of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said there are “no circumstances” in which he will delay Brexit beyond 31 October, as rebel MPs prepare to table a bill designed to stop him taking the UK out of the EU without a deal. Mr Johnson’s comments in a dramatic statement outside 10 Downing Street appear to indicate that the prime minister will not accept the outcome if MPs vote to force him to delay – potentially by calling a general election. Speaking against the backdrop of loud chants from anti-Brexit protesters outside the gates to Downing Street, Mr Johnson said that defeat in the Commons on the timetable would “chop the legs” from under UK negotiators seeking to secure a deal in Brussels.
A group of opposition and rebel MPs have published a bill to extend Article 50 and stop the UK from leaving the EU without a deal. The group hopes the bill will be heard in the House of Commons this week, giving MPs a chance to force the Government to ask the EU to grant a further extension and delay Brexit. The proposed legislation – The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill 2019 – has several elements designed to restrain the Government and force it to be accountable to Parliament for the rest of the Brexit process.
Rebel MPs revealed their plan yesterday to force Boris Johnson to request a three-month Brexit extension from the European Union if he cannot secure a new deal with Brussels by October 19. In an attempt to thwart the prime minister’s “do or die” pledge to leave on October 31 a cross-party group of MPs published a bill that, if passed, would force Mr Johnson to seek a delay until the end of January. The bill would also give parliament the final say if EU leaders offered the UK a longer or shorter extension.
Tory donors have said they are in the “fight of their lives” after drawing up a list of over 100 marginal seats to fund with millions of pounds to help Boris Johnson win a snap general election. Officials working for the Midlands Industrial Council have drawn up the list of key seats with staff working for Darren Mott, the party’s director of campaigning in the past seven days. Donors who abandoned the party under Theresa May are also reported to be coming back to the party due to Boris Johnson’s leadership of the party.
Boris Johnson has warned hardline Brexiteers that they too will be deselected if they vote against any deal he gets from Brussels. The prime minister told cabinet that he “absolutely” backed the principle that if rebels opposed to no-deal were to be ousted from the Conservative Party, then so too would any other MP who defied the whip on a future withdrawal agreement. During yesterday’s emergency cabinet meeting Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary, warned against threatening to deselect former cabinet ministers such as Philip Hammond and David Gauke.
JOHN BERCOW has vowed to stay on as Speaker of the House of Commons, in a move that will infuriate Brexiteers. Mr Bercow backtracked on his announcement in May that he would stand down as Speaker of the House of Commons when he today confirmed he has no intention of going anywhere. Mr Bercow said: “I have no plans to stand down at the moment. You can interpret that as you wish. “I’m not going to get into commenting on dates and future plans. If I had a plan to stand down I would announce it to the House first and you can draw your own conclusion from that.
Over the last couple of days, Government ministers have avoided answering whether they would allow the Queen to approve to any legislation passed by Parliament designed to prevent Brexit on the 31st. Naturally, Remainers have reacted with outrage… Back in January a Policy Exchange paper by Sir Stephen Laws QC argued that the executive’s role in approving legislation is fundamental to the UK’s constitution, and passing laws without executive approval upsets the UK’s constitutional order. Guido can now reveal there is extensive precedent of Governments asking the Queen to not sign legislation they don’t approve.
Rebel MPs’ planned legislation to force the Government to delay Brexit beyond the 31st will not provide an extension long enough to hold a second referendum, according to darling of FBPE Twitter, Nick Boles… The former Tory MP has said Letwin’s bill will only extend Article 50 for “a couple of months”; with UCL’s Constitution Unit having said a second referendum would take “a minimum of 22 weeks” to conduct – 12 weeks to pass the legislation and another 10 weeks to organise the campaign and hold the vote.
Legal action aimed at stopping Boris Johnson’s ability to suspend Parliament is to be heard at Scotland’s highest civil court on Tuesday. At the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Friday, opponents of the move made by the Prime Minister were denied an interim interdict to halt the prorogation of Parliament by judge Lord Doherty. A decision was made to bring a full hearing forward to Tuesday from this Friday after the judge ruled it would be “in the interest of justice that it proceeds sooner rather than later”.
Jeremy Corbyn triggered a major rift within Labour over his support for a general election, amid concern that Boris Johnson will use prerogative powers to delay a poll until after Brexit. Remainer MPs warned the Labour leader that backing a snap poll while no-deal remained on the table would plunge the “country deeper into division” and see him “punished at the ballot box.” In a sign of a looming rebellion, dozens of Labour MPs indicated they would vote against the party whip to block an election, just hours after Mr Corbyn signalled he would back one under all circumstances.
Jeremy Corbyn proclaimed himself “delighted” last night at the prospect of a general election despite warnings from his party not to back Boris Johnson’s proposed date for a snap poll. Speaking at a rally soon after the prime minister’s October 14 gambit emerged, the Labour leader said: “I am proud to lead our party, I’m proud to take the fight to the Tories and I will be delighted when the election comes. “I’m ready for it, you’re ready for it, we’re ready for it.
Jeremy Corbyn has told Sky News he will back an early general election in any circumstances. The Labour leader said he would support the move, which has to be supported by two-thirds of MPs to happen. He insisted the party would “do everything to stop no-deal” at a speech in Salford but initially dodged questions over whether he would still support the poll if it enabled a no-deal Brexit by being held on or after 31 October.
Jeremy Corbyn says the UK “needs” a general election, despite warnings from Tony Blair that it could prove a “trap” for Labour. Mr Corbyn said his “priority” was to work towards blocking a no-deal Brexit, with an election afterwards. But Mr Blair warned Labour could “struggle” at any poll held before the Brexit issue was “resolved”. The ex-PM said some voters “may fear a Corbyn premiership more” than a no-deal scenario.
Labour will not support Boris Johnson’s snap election plan – because he could use it to ram through a no-deal Brexit, senior allies of Jeremy Corbyn have revealed. Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Tony Lloyd became the first shadow cabinet minister to confirm that Corbyn will not ‘fall for’ the PM’s ‘trick’ on timing of any polling day. Shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti confirmed the position on BBC Breakfast, saying Labour wanted an election ‘at the appropriate moment’ but Corbyn was focused on stopping no-deal first.
The Liberal Democrats could stand aside in key seats to help the re-election of Conservative MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit. Senior party insiders have been discreetly drawing up a list of constituencies where support from Lib Dem voters could be critical. Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem leader, wants to maximise the number of MPs opposed to no-deal who would be returned to the Commons in a snap election before October 31. Tory MPs who vote in favour of blocking no-deal face being deselected by their party as Boris Johnson steps up pressure to persuade Brussels to offer him a better Brexit deal.
The Brexit Party
Nigel Farage told Boris Johnson last night that he would have to abandon all elements of the current Brexit deal as the price of an electoral pact with his party. Mr Farage told The Times that his party was “ready to go” if the prime minister called a snap election before October 31, and intended to field candidates in every seat across the country. He suggested that he would only be prepared to enter into a non-aggression pact with the Conservatives if Mr Johnson pledged to scrap the withdrawal agreement, the deal struck by Theresa May and the European Union, in its entirety and pursued either a no-deal Brexit or negotiated a completely new deal with Brussels by October 31.
BREXIT PARTY leader Nigel Farage has suggested MPs concerned about proroguing Parliament might have cancelled the party conference season or their holidays at a Brexit Party rally. Mr Farage said the MPs ought not to have spent three years debating without results. The southeast England MEP confirmed the party had 625 confirmed candidates, 25 short of every constituency as the party announced it was ready for a general election. Mr Farage declared: “All that screaming and shouting about why is Parliament going to be closed down over the party conference season. Well, the answer is that it has been for the last 80 years.”
IRELAND’S deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney has hinted the EU could be preparing for a climbdown over the Irish backstop, a Brexit campaign group has claimed. The backstop plan is hugely controversial because it would tie the UK to many EU rules and regulations indefinitely. However, with concern growing about the impact a no deal Brexit would have on the Irish economy, pressure has consequently been mounting on Mr Coveney and Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
The EU is considering whether to categorise a no-deal Brexit as a major natural disaster akin to flooding, fires or earthquakes, a move that would release emergency funds to the member states most affected. The plan would allow EU officials to distribute cash from the bloc’s solidarity fund, set up in 2002 in response to that year’s severe weather. About €500m (£450m) can be accessed every year but unspent cash from the previous year is also available if required. The proposal highlights the contrast between the preparations being made by the EU and those of the UK government, which has been criticised for underplaying the likely economic damage caused by no deal.
The European Commission is considering allowing EU countries to apply for cash to cope with a no-deal Brexit using a special emergency fund. Officials are working on a plan to classify no deal as a “major disaster”, a category normally used to describe destructive natural events such as earthquakes or major floods. The move would require the approval of EU states and the European Parliament. PM Boris Johnson says the UK must leave with or without a deal by 31 October.
Nurses and midwives will be given a £1,000 training budget in a bid to boost the morale of frontline medical staff, Sajid Javid is set to announce. The £210million funding boost will be unveiled by the Chancellor as part of the Government’s Spending Review tomorrow, and will come into force from April 2020. Currently, many NHS nurses are required to pay for at least some of the 35 mandatory hours of training over three years they need to complete to remain registered.
Nurses will be given £1,000 each over three years to help their careers develop in an effort by the Government to stop staff leaving the NHS. Chancellor Sajid Javid will announce a new multi-million pound package of support to train and retain the nurses the health service needs as part of the Spending Round on Wednesday. The increase to national training budgets for nurses as well as midwives and other frontline health professionals across the NHS is part of the government’s commitment to improving patient care and securing a sustainable future for the NHS through the Long Term Plan.
Ministers will unveil a £210 million training package for nurses and midwives tomorrow to boost NHS morale. Existing staff will be allocated training budgets worth more than £1,000 each as the government seeks to stem departures from hospitals. The chancellor will make the announcement in the spending review after Boris Johnson vowed to invest £34 billion in the NHS. Officials believe that a lack of access to training is one of the main issues damaging morale among staff.
DRUGS taken by thousands of breast cancer patients create deadly “sleeper cells” that may cause incurable tumours years later. Researchers say the hormone therapies kill most of the cancer cells but put some into a dormant state and help them to spread. These can reawaken up to 20 years later, causing tumours elsewhere in the body that are resistant to treatment. Scientists from Imperial College London made the discovery while studying 50,000 human breast cancer cells in a lab.
Head teachers will have the government’s full backing if they expel or suspend badly behaved pupils from their schools, they have been told. Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, said that heads must be able to enforce “proper and full discipline” for children to get a decent education. On a school visit he said a “crack team” would work with schools that struggle with behaviour, and that there were plans to set up “behaviour hubs” to help teachers to maintain “safe and disciplined” schools.
The HS2 high speed rail line is to be delayed for up to three years, it has been reported. A first leg of the new rail network, linking London and Birmingham, was due to open in 2026. But Birmingham Live understands this is to be put back until 2028 or 2029. Transport Ministers are expected to confirm the delay this week, probably on Tuesday. They will also confirm reports that the expected cost of the whole scheme – including phase two, which extends it to Manchester and Leeds – has risen from £56bn to around £80bn.