Published: Fri, September 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Where do the opposition parties stand on a no-deal Brexit?

Where do the opposition parties stand on a no-deal Brexit?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to kick off what is in effect an election campaign casting parliament as the enemy of Brexit was overshadowed on Thursday when his younger brother quit the government, citing the national interest.

The rebels have had the upper hand so far and they've managed to derail Mr. Johnson's Brexit strategy by passing legislation that compels the Prime Minister to seek an extension if he hasn't struck a deal with the European Union by October 19.

MPs in the House of Commons this week passed a bill that could stop Mr Johnson taking Britain out of the European Union without a divorce deal with Brussels.

Almost 60 percent of the newly-registered voters are under the age of 35, giving hope to the Labour Party that the surge in registrations is closely linked to widespread outrage over Johnson's push for the leave the European Union by the end of October, with or without a deal.

However, his aggressive style and insistence on loyalty has already sparked a backlash, with former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson joining a chorus of criticism against the expulsion of 21 MPs who rebelled against the Government on Tuesday.

Richard Tice, who also represents the Brexit Party in Strasbourg as an MEP, issued the stark warning to Johnson on Thursday via social media. Johnson wants the election to take place on October 15.

"Let the Bill pass and have Royal Assent and then we can have a general election", he said.

Strategists at UBS Global Wealth Management said the pound could soar as high as $1.30 if Brexit is postponed until January 2020 and an election is delayed until after 31 October.

Opponents say the prime minister is playing with fire amid predictions of the economic damage such a disorderly breakup could cause.

Johnson said Thursday he would "rather be dead in a ditch" than delay Brexit.

The government yesterday abandoned attempts in the House of Lords to block this Bill.

Johnson - a member of Britain's Conservative Party, known informally as the Tories - served as a member of Parliament for Orpington and was a member of his brother's Cabinet.

Jo Johnson announced he would not stand at the next election as an MP, another loss to the governing Conservative party, which this week lost its parliamentary majority.

She added: "On the basis of what Jeremy [Corbyn] has said we would need to put a viable leave option against remain".

Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton and President of the Queen's Bench Division Dame Victoria Sharp dismissed a claim brought against Mr Johnson by businesswoman Gina Miller.

The decision on Mrs Miller's case comes days after an Edinburgh court ruled that Mr Johnson's decision to prorogue is lawful, but the parliamentarians who launched the legal challenge are appealing the outcome.

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