With less than 60 days before a possible no deal Bexit, a group of opposition MPs are plotting with rebels in the Prime Minister’s Conservative Party to block that and force him to delay Brexit for three months. But Mr Johnson said this evening he would never delay Britain’s exit, after his predecessor Theresa May postponed Brexit twice. He said in a speech outside Number 10 “I want everybody to know there are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay: we are leaving on 31st October, no ifs or buts.
“We will not accept any attempt to go back on our promises.
“I don’t want an election. You don’t want an election.
“Let’s get on with the people’s agenda.”
However, despite Mr Johnson’s statement, a senior Government source said Mr Johnson could call an election on October 14 – and many Express.co.uk readers would support the move.
Boris Johnson said he does not want a general election to be held
Most voters said they were in favour of a general election now
In a poll of 5,084 readers, 3,007 (59 percent) voted yes when asked the question “Should there be a snap general election now?”
Only 1,882 (38 percent) voted no to a potential general election.
And 195 voters (three percent) said they did not know.
Many readers also shared their mixed views about possibly going the polls.
Boris Johnson gave a speech outside Number 10 this evening
One person wrote: “We have paralysis and its damaging the country, time to call it so that we definitely leave on October 31.”
Another reader said: “I think Boris should wait until he sees what the rebels do tomorrow.
“If they try to stop no deal, then go for an election and sack his rebel Remainer MP’s and do a deal with Nigel Farage to go into the election between them.
A third simply said: “No deal is the best deal.”
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The Prime Minister could hold a general election on October 14
The cross-party group will attempt to use a motion on Tuesday which would allow them to control the Commons business on Wednesday.
This would guarantee time to debate a new law to block a no deal Brexit.
This could be achieved through an emergency debate being sought from Commons Speaker John Bercow under the rules of standing order number 24, commonly called SO24.
Should MPs move to sabotage Boris Johnson’s Brexit negotiation, it id thought the Prime Minister will table a Comons vote on a general election for October 14.
Jacob Rees-Mogg spoke to reporters before he went into Number 10
Theresa Villiers arrived in Downing Street for Mr Johnson’s meeting
This would take place on a Monday instead of the usual Thursday.
The vote would require the support of two-thirds of MPs under the provisions of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, but some are reportedly suspicious the Prime Minister would seek to alter the election date to delay it until after Brexit.
Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was “delighted” at the prospect of a general election.
He said a vote of no confidence is “very much there on the table” as he pledged to “do everything we can to stop” no-deal.
MPs will return to Parliament in the morning
Mr Corbyn said: “What Boris Johnson was doing was essentially threatening people, threatening people with a no deal Brexit if he doesn’t get his way in Parliament.
“I know people voted both ways in the referendum obviously, I know people have different views about these things obviously, but I simply say this – people didn’t vote to lose their jobs, didn’t vote to see our environmental standards, workers’ rights, consumer protections ripped up.
“They voted because they were angry about many things and they voted as they did to try and protect themselves as best they could.
“Our purpose is to challenge this Government on a no deal Brexit, our purpose is to try to protect jobs and living standards, try to ensure that this country doesn’t run headlong into the arms of Donald Trump and a trade deal with the United States.”
Jeremy Corbyn is hoping a general election will be called
If the vote won the support of a majority of MPs, there would be 14 days for another government to be formed, otherwise Parliament would be dissolved and a general election triggered.
The Government will be forced to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit until January 31, 2020 if no agreement has been reached and MPs have not agreed to a no deal exit by the Halloween deadline.
If the European Council proposes an extension to a different date then the Prime Minister must accept that extension within two days, unless the House of Commons rejects it.
Elsewhere, this Thursday the High Court will consider a judicial review request from Gina Miller, the businesswoman who successfully challenged the Government over the triggering of the Article 50 process to start the Brexit countdown.
She also wants to challenge Mr Johnson’s suspension of Parliament.
And in Belfast, a judicial review against the Government by a campaigner arguing that no deal could jeopardise the Northern Ireland peace process is scheduled for September 16.