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US NewsTory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels

09:36  03 september  2019
09:36  03 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Ministers have been holding crisis talks as PM faces defeat at hands of Remainer MPs trying to block No Deal .

Rebel Conservative MPs have adopted a defiant tone as they return to parliament today with Boris Johnson threatening their deselection as Tory candidates and a general election on 14 October if However, several Tory MPs who have been vocally against no deal appear unwilling to vote to give

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A Tory civil war erupted last night after Boris Johnson threatened to call a snap General Election if MPs vote to block No Deal today.

Mr Johnson warned Tory rebels last night he will call an election on October 14 if they vote to wreck his Brexit plans today, and MPs such as Philip Hammond, David Gauke and Rory Stewart would be barred from standing.

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Boris Johnson is threatening to sack rebel Tory MPs who vote to block a No Deal exit from the Among the rebel Tory MPs thought to be involved include Philip Hammond , 63, and former justice A court in Northern Ireland has also heard from lawyers representing anti- no - deal campaigners

PM : Tory MPs trying to block no - deal Brexit will 'chop the legs out' from UK's position. Boris Johnson insists there are 'no circumstances' under Tory rebels reveal plan to delay Brexit until January 2020 if still no - deal by mid- October . Tony Blair urges Labour to ignore Brexiteers' 'trap' of general election .

But, in a challenge to the PM, Mr Hammond, who is MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, was reselected by executive members of the Conservative Association at a private meeting, last night.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg DARES Remainers to try and bring down Boris Johnson next week and Plotters including former Chancellor Philip Hammond hope to seize control of the Commons Downing Street has drawn up plans to bar Tory MPs who vote to block No Deal from standing at the next Election

Boris Johnson said he did not want an election , but progress with the EU would be "impossible" if But he said if MPs voted to block no deal they would "plainly chop the legs out from under the UK Tory rebels - who include former ministers and prominent backbenchers - have been warned that

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Boris Johnson has met senior Remainers including Philip Hammond and David Gauke ahead of Mr Johnson warned he will never ask the EU for an extension beyond the current Brexit deadline of He is expected to table a motion calling an election for October 14 if the government loses the battle.

A band of some 17 Tory rebels are expected to vote against government in a bid to block a No Boris Johnson threatened to remove the whip and deselect Conservative MPs who vote to pass a law Former chancellor Philip Hammond , ex-justice secretary David Gauke, former attorney general

The Prime Minister stood in Downing Street yesterday evening and insisted he 'does not want' an election, but warned that rebels would 'chop the legs' from the Government's EU negotiations if they side with Jeremy Corbyn.

But the PM’s hardline strategy has touched a nerve, with rebel leaders accused Mr Johnson of using the election to try and ‘purge’ opponents of No Deal - with up to 20 Tory MPs, poised to join opposition MPs today to try to force Mr Johnson to delay Brexit.

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And last night Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary, who has been a leading opponent of No Deal, told him not to take such a ‘dramatic’ step of kicking out Tory MPs and instead try to ‘hold our party together’.

Senior Government sources later confirmed Mr Johnson would table a motion to schedule a General Election for October 14 if MPs back the cross-party move to seize control of Commons business.

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Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In a dramatic statement to the nation from Downing Street, the PM upped the ante by making clear a vote set to be forced by Remainers today will be treated as a confidence issue

A motion for the early election will be tabled by the Government which would require the support of two-thirds of MPs under the provisions of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.

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A government source said MPs will face a 'simple choice' today. The source said the vote would be treated as though it is a vote of no confidence, and that any Conservative MP voting against the Government would have the whip removed from them.

The source speaking yesterday, said: 'If they vote tomorrow to wreck the negotiation process, to go against giving Britain the ability to negotiate a deal, then they'll also have to reflect on what comes next.'

In a sign of the anti-establishment campaign he intends to fight, Mr Johnson said he wanted a mandate to pursue the 'people's agenda' of boosting the economy and public services.

Delivering a stark message to Remainers over the crunch showdown today, Mr Johnson said he still 'hoped' rebels would back down.

'But if they do they will plainly chop the legs out from under the UK position and make any negotiation absolutely impossible,' he said.

'I want everybody to know there are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay. We are leaving on the 31st of October. No ifs or buts. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

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‘We will not accept any attempt to go back on our promises or scrub that referendum and armed and fortified with that conviction I believe we will get a deal at that crucial summit in October, a deal that Parliament will certainly be able to scrutinise.'

Spelling out the choice, he said: ‘Let our negotiators get on with their work without that sword of Damocles over their necks and without an election, without an election.' Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Johnson goes back into No10

However Miss Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary and a leading opponent of No Deal, warned him last night not to go too far.

She told The Spectator magazine: ‘I’m really urging the Government to think very carefully about taking such a dramatic step.

‘I have made my views clear to the Prime Minister that we should not be a party that is trying to remove from our party two former chancellors, a number of ex-Cabinet ministers – that the way to hold our party together and to get a deal is to bring them onside.’

It was unclear last night how many Tory MPs were likely to join the rebellion, with estimates ranging from a dozen to as many as 20.

The typically tub-thumping intervention came after Mr Johnson held a crisis meeting with his Cabinet and spent yesterday afternoon privately urging Tory MPs to fall back into line.

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Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Johnson bustled to the podium last night

He has caused fury among centrists by threatening to remove the whip from rebel Tories who join the effort to stop the UK crashing out on October 31 - effectively ending their careers.

Former Cabinet minister David Gauke claimed Mr Johnson actively wanted to lose the showdown so he can 'purge' Remainers reshape it into a new hardline Eurosceptic electoral force.

Ex-chancellor Philip Hammond demanded to know what he was doing to win concessions from the EU.

But the government still looks on track to lose the crunch battle later today. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Amber Rudd walks outside Downing Street yesterday. She has warned Mr Johnson not to go too far if Tory rebel MPs go against him tomorrow

The scale of the challenge Mr Johnson could face in an election was also underlined last night when Nigel Farage demanded the PM back a 'clean break' from the EU, saying 'No deal is the best deal.'

Tory success in a poll could rely on Mr Farage's Brexit Party not splitting the Eurosceptic vote in key marginal seats.

Other MPs voiced fury at Remainers such as Amber Rudd and Nicky Morgan who are serving even though they previously spoke out against No Deal. Ms Rudd has urged Mr Johnson to 'hold the party together' rather than expel rebels.

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How would the PM call a snap general election?

Boris Johnson would request a general election on October 14 if MPs back a cross-party move to seize control of Commons business today, a government source has said.

Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act (FTPA) brought in eight years ago, polls are held in May every five years - with the next one scheduled in 2022.

But Mr Johnson has a number of methods to try and trigger an early election, such as putting down a motion in the Commons and secure the agreement of two-thirds of MPs. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In a blow to the PM last night, Mr Hammond (pictured), who is MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, was reselected by executive members of the Conservative Association at a private meeting

MPs could also pass a motion stating the House has no confidence in the government, and a new election must be held unless they win the confidence of MPs, or an alternative arrangement is found within a 14-day period.

An alternative course could be to pass a new piece of legislation dictating a national vote on a specified date - which would only require a simple majority of MPs.

This could be a simple one line bill stating when an election would be, and FTPA would continue to apply in all other situations. This was something previously considered by Theresa May in 2017.

But additional measures may well be unnecessary as Jeremy Corbyn has said he is eager for an election to 'let the people decide' on Brexit, and Mr Johnson will dare him to block the poll in a vote on Wednesday.

However, some Remainers are wary of supporting the move unless there is a cast-iron guarantee that the election will take place before the Brexit deadline.

The Fixed Term Parliaments Act gives Mr Johnson discretion to set the date after the Commons approves an election, and there is currently little or no trust between the parties.

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Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn has egged Mr Johnson on to call an election despite warnings from his own side that he is walking into an 'elephant trap' that could see Labour trounced in an election.

The senior government source said MPs who rebel today will 'effectively be voting for a rapid election'.

'He wants MPs to go to conference for recess. He wants four weeks of intense negotiations to get a deal,' the source said.

‘But if MPs don’t want to let the government get on and negotiate then the public will be forced into a choice.’

Despite the developing drama yesterday, Mr Johnson found time to meet Carry On actress Barbara Windsor, who is campaigning for better dementia support, in the No10 garden. And he has taken possession of a new Jack Russell dog with girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

The growing prospect of an election sent the Pound tumbling yesterday, with currency markets nervous about the consequences for the country. Chancellor Sajid Javid summoned City figures to No11 to try to calm anxiety about the situation.

Opposition MPs will today try to seize control of proceedings in the Commons to try to crash through a law which would make it illegal for the PM to pursue a chaotic split from the EU.

Yesterday evening they published the text of the mooted legislation, which orders the premier to ask the EU for a Brexit extension to January 31 - and accept their terms.

As many as 21 Tory MPs are believed to be considering backing the 'stop No Deal' plan. Mr Gauke, Mr Hammond and former minister Alistair Burt have all signed the Bill - meaning they have already sealed their fate.

The process for calling an election is not entirely straightforward for the PM.

Under the law, a premier must secure a two-thirds majority in a Commons vote to trigger an election.

That would require support from the Opposition, which would normally be forthcoming. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Noisy pro-EU protests were taking place outside the Cabinet Office yesterday as politicians wrangled over the UK's future

But Remainers will be wary of supporting the move unless there is a cast-iron guarantee that the poll will take place before the Brexit deadline.

An alternative course could be to pass a new piece of legislation dictating a national vote - which would only require a simple majority. Legally there must be 25 days between dissolution of Parliament and polling day.

By convention the country votes on a Thursday, making October 10, 17 and 24 favourites. However, there is an EU summit on October 17 which might prove an obstacle.

Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dominic Cummings Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Brexit minister Michael Gove

In an extraordinary blue-on-blue attack yesterday, Mr Gauke said he believed Mr Johnson was 'goading' Conservative MPs to vote against him.

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Why are we facing an election?

by Associate Editor Jack Doyle

Boris Johnson last night warned that if rebel MPs pass a law compelling him to extend Article 50, it would make a better deal impossible to achieve.

He said the legislation would ‘chop the legs out’ from UK negotiators when the chances of success were ‘rising’. He also said there were no circumstances in which he would personally seek a delay. He will call for an election on Monday, October 14, if the rebel bill passes.

Who decides whether one should be held?

Mr Johnson cannot simply call a general election. Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, passed by the Lib Dem/Tory Coalition, two-thirds of MPs must approve. Jeremy Corbyn yesterday said the UK ‘needs’ a general election, making it all but impossible for Labour to resist one. However, MPs would agree only if they could ensure the election did not take place after October 31, Brexit day, denying Mr Johnson any opportunity to change the date. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dominstrations could be heard in the background as Mr Johnson delivered his dramatic statement at No10 last night

When would the poll be?

By law, the minimum campaigning period before an election is 25 working days from the dissolution of Parliament until polling day. That makes an election possible at any point from Friday, October 11. Last night sources suggested that if the legislation passes, No 10 could hold a vote tomorrow for an election on Monday, October 14.

What happens today?

At 2.30pm the Commons sits for the first time since the end of July. On one side stands Mr Johnson and the Government and on the other a ‘Rebel Alliance’ made up of Labour, other opposition parties and some backbench Tories out to stop No Deal. The time available for the rebels is so short because Parliament will be prorogued next week. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Johnson held a crisis meeting with his Cabinet and spent Monday afternoon privately urging Tory MPs to fall back into line, including at a reception in the No10 garden

What is the rebels’ plan?

Draft legislation published last night would force the Prime Minister to ask for, and agree, a three-month delay, until January 31, 2020, if no deal is agreed with the EU. If Brussels offered an extension of any other time period he would also be forced to swallow that. The four-page European Union (Withdrawal) Bill No 6 even contains a copy of the letter the Prime Minister will be forced to sign.

Can they win the vote?

It will be close, but rebel leaders are confident. They have around 15 backers – likely to be enough to win the day. Mr Johnson’s threat to remove the whip from any Tory who joins the rebellion – making it impossible for them to stand at the next election – appears to have peeled only a few off.

The rebels include Philip Hammond and David Gauke who were until just a few months ago senior Cabinet ministers. If they seize the order paper tomorrow, the bill will come before the Commons on Wednesday from 3pm. It has to pass the Commons, and the Lords, by Thursday.

What happens if they lose?

If they fail to muster a majority, Mr Johnson goes to Brussels on October 17 for the EU Council with the threat of No Deal in his armoury. Downing Street officials argue this is the only way he can extract concessions on the withdrawal agreement. Mr Johnson wants EU leaders to scrap the ‘anti-democratic’ backstop.

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He complained that No10 had adopted a 'particularly confrontational approach' in the hope that the government will 'lose this week and then seek a general election'. He suggested the aim was to split the Tories, removing more moderate MPs so it can become a more populist party. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Gavin Williamson

Mr Hammond wrote to the premier last night demanding more information on how he hopes to strike a deal with the EU.

The intentions of Theresa May - who was spotted at Westminster yesterday - are unclear.

Mr Gauke said he was yet to be contacted by whips spelling out the consequences of what will happen if he votes in favour of stopping No Deal as he said Downing Street's strategy was clear.

He told the BBC: 'It's obviously a particularly confrontational approach and, I think, designed, frankly, to realign the Conservative Party, to transform the Conservative Party very much in the direction of a Brexit party. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Johnson and girlfriend Carrie Symonds took possession of a new Jack Russell dog on Monday amid the swirling crisis

'I don't think there seems to be a huge effort to persuade people to support the Government this week. I think they seem to be quite prepared for there to be a rebellion then to purge those who support the rebellion from the party.

'Normally there would be plenty of cajoling. One would have friends from the Cabinet phoning up and saying 'Come on, why don't you support the Government, give them a bit more time?'

'None of that is happening. The usual operation isn't particularly happening. It does seem to me they are almost goading people into voting against the Government.

'Because I think the strategy, to be honest, is to lose this week and then seek a general election, having removed those of us who are not against Brexit, not against leaving the European Union, but believe we should do so with a deal.'

Ms Rudd also waded into the argument, telling the Spectator in an interview: 'I have made my views clear to the Prime Minister that we should not be a party that is trying to remove from our party two former chancellors, a number of ex-cabinet ministers, that the way to hold our party together and to get a deal is to bring them onside.' Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Theresa May was spotted going in for drinks in Downing Street on Monday but it is unclear how she intends to vote in the Brexit showdown today

Jeremy Corbyn on Monday eased the path for Mr Johnson should he go for a poll after losing the No Deal battle, saying that Labour would support letting the 'people decide'.

The intervention, in a speech in Salford, came despite Tony Blair pleading with Mr Corbyn not to fall into the 'elephant trap' of backing a snap poll.

A Government source said: 'The PM is hosting all Tory MPs at No10 this evening.

'He is taking the opportunity to see cabinet as well. They will discuss Govt's response to MPs seeking to take control of legislative agenda away from Govt and handing it to the opposition and Corbyn without the consent of the people. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Amber Rudd

'The view is that tomorrow's possible vote is an expression of confidence in Govt's negotiating position to secure a deal and will be treated as such.'

A handful of would-be Tory rebels had been due to meet with Mr Johnson for 'peace talks' yesterday but the PM subsequently pulled out, publicly blaming a diary clash but insiders said he felt there was no point speaking to them.

Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dominic Raab

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Corbyn ignores Blair's advice as he urges PM to call an election

Jeremy Corbyn yesterday challenged Boris Johnson to call an election to decide the Brexit issue - despite warnings that he is playing into the PM's hands.

The Labour leader said the PM should 'let the people decide' if Remainers manage to block No Deal in a massive Parliamentary showdown this week.

The intervention, in a speech in Salford, comes despite Tony Blair pleading with Mr Corbyn not to fall into the 'elephant trap' of backing a snap poll.

Remainers are gearing up for a huge effort to rule out No Deal, with a crunch vote in the Commons tomorrow.

If they win, it would pave the way for MPs to seize control of business in the House to pass legislation stopping the UK crashing out at the end of October.

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Instead of meeting the group of Remainer MPs, Mr Johnson had offered to hold a one-on-one meeting with Philip Hammond – but in a further dramatic development, sources said the former Chancellor refused to meet the PM due to the 'discourteous' manner in which the PM had acted.

Mr Johnson and his party whips agreed tough tactics yesterday which will see Tory MPs lose the whip if they fail to vote with the government.

Mr Gauke, Mr Hammond and Rory Stewart are three of the 21 Tory MPs believed to be considering supporting the anti-No Deal law which could leave the PM's 'do or die' departure promise in tatters.

Meanwhile, Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, yesterday became the second Cabinet minister after Michael Gove to suggest that the government could ignore any anti-No Deal legislation passed by MPs this week.

Sources in the rebel camp said Mr Johnson's decision to cancel talks suggested no progress had been made with Brussels.

'People were going in seeking proof of genuine attempts to get a deal,' they said.

'The fact it has been cancelled at short notice suggests there isn't a proper negotiation going on. The next point of engagement will be in the voting lobbies.'

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The 21 Tory rebels who could back a bid to stop a No Deal Brexit

There are thought to be 21 Tory MPs who are preparing to back a bid to block a No Deal Brexit.

They are:

Alistair Burt

Sam Gyimah

Anne Milton

Rory Stewart

Margot James

Alberto Costa

Philip Hammond

David Lidington

Greg Clark

Stephen Hammond

Sarah Newton

Dame Caroline Spelman

Paul Masterton

Richard Harrington

Caroline Nokes

David Gauke

Richard Benyon

Simon Hoare

Sir Nicholas Soames

Stephen Brine

Tom Tugendhat

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A source in the Tory whips office last night confirmed that the order had gone out that MPs who rebel would be expelled from the parliamentary party.

The insider said: 'The whips are telling Conservative MPs today a very simple message – if they fail to vote with the Government on Tuesday they will be destroying the Government's negotiating position and handing control of Parliament to Jeremy Corbyn.

'Any Conservative MP who does this will have the whip withdrawn and will not stand as a Conservative candidate in an election.'

Allies of Mr Johnson believe the prospect of immediate expulsion could persuade many of the rebels to back down.

However a source in the rebel camp said Mr Johnson's deselection threat smacked of 'sheer hypocrisy'.

The source added: 'This is about the national interest, and we've moved beyond the point where threats will persuade people to abandon their principles.'

The legislation being drawn up by the Remainers is expected to call for a three month extension to the Brexit date - potentially moving it to January 31.

The primary aim of the so-called European Union (Withdrawal) (No.6) Bill 2019 is to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal on October 31.

But it goes much further and demands the PM ask the EU for a Brexit delay to January 31 2020 in the event Britain and Brussels are unable to agree a new deal at an EU Council meeting on October 17.

The Bill states that if the EU does agree to the request for an extension the PM must immediately accept the offer.

If the EU propose a different extension date the PM must accept it within two days - unless it is rejected by the House of Commons.

The Bill does say that the UK can leave the bloc without a deal but only if MPs explicitly vote in favour of such an outcome.

Mr Gove sparked outrage on Sunday after he suggested the government could ignore an any anti-No Deal law.

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How the Remainer bill to stop No Deal works

Remainer MPs have this afternoon published their plan to stop a No Deal Brexit. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn held a shadow cabinet meeting in Manchester today as he finalised tactics for the Brexit clash

The primary aim of the so-called European Union (Withdrawal) (No.6) Bill 2019 is to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal on October 31.

But it goes much further and demands the PM ask the EU for a Brexit delay to January 31 2020 in the event Britain and Brussels are unable to agree a new deal at an EU Council meeting on October 17.

The Bill states that if the EU does agree to the request for an extension the PM must immediately accept the offer.

If the EU propose a different extension date the PM must accept it within two days - unless it is rejected by the House of Commons.

The Bill does say that the UK can leave the bloc without a deal but only if MPs explicitly vote in favour of such an outcome.

Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

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He told the BBC: 'Let's see what the legislation says.

'You're asking me about a pig in a poke. And I will wait to see what legislation the opposition may try to bring forward.'

Mr Williamson became the second Cabinet minister to hint that such a law could be disregarded as he told ITV's Good Morning Britain programme this morning: 'It's quite normal for government to take the time to look at the legislation and see how it impacts in terms of the negotiations.

'Every government adheres to the law.'

Mr Williamson, a former chief whip, also insisted that sacking Tory rebels was the right approach to take.

'Anyone who is voting against the government is in a position where they are voting to undermine the prime minister's negotiating hand,' he said.

'They should think very seriously about that and the consequences.

'I think that if they (the government) take the view that it is serious enough, that it is undermining the nation's position and the prime minister's position, if that is their decision it would be the right decision. If that is what is necessary.'

Downing Street said Mr Williamson was correct in saying that 'every government adheres to the law' but against stressed the need to see the legislation.

There are fears in the government that the rebels could draft a defective piece of legislation which does not actually achieve their stated goals.

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Sadiq Khan urges MPs to do 'whatever it takes' to stop No Deal

The Mayor of London has urged London MPs to do 'whatever it takes to stop a no-deal Brexit'.

Labour's Sadiq Khan called on all of the capital's 73 MPs, regardless of their party affiliation, to back attempts in the Commons to block the UK leaving the EU without a deal this week.

In a statement, Mr Khan said: 'I'm urging every London MP to do what's right for our city and our country by doing whatever it takes to stop a no-deal Brexit. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited As Westminster descended into turmoil, Boris Johnson was meeting Carry On star Barbara Windsor in the garden at No10

'A no-deal Brexit would cause huge disruption, make us poorer, less safe and diminish our global standing. It would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, tens of billions of pounds in investment and put the rights and freedoms of EU citizens at risk.

'That's why I'm calling on all London MPs - from all political parties - to immediately put aside their differences to prevent a no-deal Brexit for the good of their constituents, our capital and our country.

'History will judge our parliamentarians on this issue like few before.

'So MPs must think carefully about how they will be remembered if they fail to use their position at this pivotal moment to help stop a damaging no-deal Brexit.' Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Brexit minister Michael Gove

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The PM's official spokesman said: 'We haven't seen what has been put forward yet. The people who are promoting it have not been willing to share that.'

Meanwhile, former Conservative minister Nick Boles claimed the Tory party is dead, with the 'hard right' taking over.

Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme if the party was finished, the independent MP said: 'Yes. The hard right has taken over the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party has fallen prey to an almost religious obsession with the hardest form of Brexit.'

Mr Boles said Brexit is 'not necessarily' a hard-right move but that 'foisting' a No Deal departure on the UK is. Tory civil war erupts after Boris Johnson threatens snap election on Monday October 14 if Remainers vote to block No Deal today as Hammond dares PM to deselect him and Rudd warns him to not sack rebels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The letter from Philip Hammond to the PM

He said efforts to legislate to prevent such a departure was not an attempt to 'sneak' a second referendum and took aim at Conservatives who have backed down on their former warnings about a No Deal to get jobs in Mr Johnson's government.

'We've seen that there are some people in the Conservative Party who are willing to sell their principles at a pretty low price in exchange for a job in the Cabinet despite what they've said previously about a no-deal Brexit,' he said.

Mr Johnson has warned his MPs they face a 'fundamental choice' between his ambitious agenda, including pumping billions of pounds into public services, or the hard-left Labour leader.

As the rhetoric ramped up, Mr Johnson told the Sunday Times: 'I just say to everybody in the country, including everyone in parliament, the fundamental choice is this: are you going to side with Jeremy Corbyn and those who want to cancel the referendum?'

'Are you going to side with those who want to scrub the democratic verdict of the people - and plunge this country into chaos.'

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