Suspending Parliament for no-deal Brexit will provoke crisis - Hammond

Lester Mason
July 14, 2019

May, who is now serving as caretaker Prime Minister during the course of a leadership contest between United Kingdom foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, was forced to announce her resignation amid mounting rebellion within her own Cabinet over Brexit at the end of May.

If anybody were to attempt to shut down Parliament in order to carry out a course of action which Parliament is known to oppose, that would be very serious indeed.

The frontrunner to succeed Theresa May, Boris Johnson, has refused to rule out proroguing Parliament.

But as leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both stress how they will accept a no deal if it means leaving on deadline day, Ms Rudd appears to have shifted her stance on the scenario. "They can't be concerned for the sovereignty of Parliament except when it is inconvenient to Mr. Johnson".

"It's evident that if you have the disruption that comes from a no-deal Brexit there will be people that will lose their jobs", he told Sky News.

"I think, somehow, Alex, much as I love the US, much as it would be a dream job for me in many ways, I'm afraid I've got to stick around in case they drop the ball again".

Clark implored colleagues to "strain every sinew to avoid that" as both Tory rivals are pledging to leave the European Union with no deal if they have to.

Great to meet Members in Maidstone and Sevenoaks this evening.

But Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has offered some optimism for no-deal proponents, saying the move had to remain in the "armoury" of the next PM.

"I'm not going to take anything off the table, any more than I'm going to take no-deal off the table", Johnson said.

The BBC will still be showing two one-on-one interviews with the candidates, hosted by Andrew Neil, on BBC One this Friday at 19:00 BST.

The victor, and new Prime Minister, is expected to be announced on July 23.

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