United Kingdom opposition warns Johnson against Brexit 'abuse of power'

An anti Brexit protester flies a flag of Europe and a British flag outside British Parliament in London 24 July 2019

Sources close to Mr Johnson are reported to have indicated that polling could take place just days after the October 31 deadline.

THE possibility of a snap general election after a no-deal Brexit appears to be growing after No 10 cancelled government advisers' holiday until after October 31.

The disclosure is likely to be seen as a further attempt to ratchet up pressure on the European Union, driving home the message that the Government is serious about leaving at the end of October, with or without a deal.

"We want Britain to be the most prosperous economy in Europe with an immigration system that attracts the brightest and best global talent", Home Secretary (interior minister) Priti Patel said.

He told Channel 4 news that there was "nothing to be frightened of" with a no-deal Brexit, adding: "We will be ready for it, we will get through it, we will come out stronger and even more resilient".

"I am confident that if that is what it comes to, we will not just get through it, the United Kingdom will end up stronger and more resilient".

"We are well prepared (for no deal) and I hope the British are too".

However, the resolute message from Whitehall risked being undermined by transport minister George Freeman, who warned no deal would be a "disaster" unless it was followed by an early trade agreement with the EU.

He said it would be an "unprecedented, unconstitutional and anti-democratic abuse of power".

"More importantly, I think it would be very damaging to the stability of this country".

"We are today announcing here on Facebook Live that we are changing the rules on immigration so as to make the United Kingdom even more open, even more welcoming to scientists from around the world", Johnson said.

According to reports Mr Johnson could try to hang on to make sure Britain leaves the European Union before going to the polls if he is defeated in a vote of confidence when MPs return in September.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday accused him of planning "anti-democratic" maneuvers to get his way.

Sir Vince said: "There is this phrase about "government of national unity" which I think is rather misleading as it conjures up phrases from the Ramsay Macdonald era" referring to the Labour leader who formed a coalition with the opposition in 1931.

Officials said Sir Mark would be reply to Mr Corbyn, but senior Conservatives dismissed the letter as a "political stunt".

Mr Umunna's comments come as Jeremy Corbyn has called on Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill to rule that Boris Johnson can not go ahead with a no-deal Brexit if there is a general election.



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