Brexit: No-deal opponents argue for Commons control

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street in central London

The leader of the Brexit Party Nigel Farage said he did not trust Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take Britain out of the European Union without a deal and so would struggle to strike an electoral pact with him.

However, under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, he would need a two-third majority in the House to force a poll.

"Many colleagues have been incensed by some of the actions over the last week or so", he said.

Several commentators on social media noted that an election on October 14, the first day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, would prevent observant Jews from voting.

Legislators opposed to a no-deal Brexit do not have much time, as Johnson has controversially chose to suspend parliament next week for more than a month - a decision that will be challenged in court in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that she would support an early election, so long that it's before the October 31 Brexit deadline. But Johnson insists the potential for leaving without a deal must remain as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the EU.

Negotiator David Frost will be in Brussels this week, but talks are not moving anywhere.

Following the meeting a source close to the group said Mr Johnson "gave an unconvincing explanation" of how a deal could get through in the time allowed and he could not provide a "reasonable answer" on why the Government had not yet provided the European Union with his alternatives to the Irish backstop.

But Mr Hammond, who was re-selected as Tory candidate for Runnymede & Weybridge on Monday night, said: "I will not support a proposal to dissolve Parliament for an election until this bill has completed its passage through Parliament".

Greening said: "That is a lose-lose general election for Britain and I think a far better way of resolving the path forward on Brexit is to give the British people a direct choice between the different options on Brexit themselves rather than a messy general election, which I believe all the evidence suggests will be yet again inconclusive on a route forward on Brexit".

However, they have just days to do so.

They return from their summer holiday on Tuesday, and Johnson has controversially made a decision to suspend parliament next week for more than a month.

On Tuesday afternoon, a cross-party group of MPs will seek to take control of the parliamentary timetable in order to allocate time on Wednesday to debate their draft law blocking "no deal".

On a day of high drama and acerbic debate in the House of Commons, lawmakers returned from their summer recess to confront Johnson over his insistence that the United Kingdom leave the European Union on October 31, even without a withdrawal agreement to cushion the economic blow.

However, the coalition behind the plan is divided.

Greening said: "I don't believe that the Conservative Party will offer people a sensible choice at the next election in respect of the fact that Boris Johnson is going to offer people a general election that faces them with the choice of a no-deal or Jeremy Corbyn".

Some of the most important votes are those of Johnson's own party - particularly those who can't stomach the notion of a no-deal exit.

Earlier, Conservative MP Phillip Lee defected to the Liberal Democrats ahead of the Commons showdown.



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