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13:35  14 august  2019
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With 78 days to Brexit, British parliament ready to take on PM

With 78 days to Brexit, British parliament ready to take on PM The British parliament is set for a September showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson's "do or die" pro-Brexit government and those implacably opposed to leaving the European Union without a divorce deal. © Reuters/MARKO DJURICA Birds fly past the Houses of Parliament, in central, London Johnson says Britain will leave the EU with or without a deal on Oct. 31 and is refusing to negotiate with Brussels until it agrees to change the Withdrawal Agreement, the deal it negotiated with his predecessor Theresa May. Brussels says it won't renegotiate.

Mr Hammond said he was busting two “great myths” over a no - deal Brexit , arguing it will No - deal would be a betrayal of the 2016 referendum result. Meanwhile, Speaker John Bercow warned he “will fight with every breath in my body” any attempt by the PM to suspend Parliament to force

Hammond plots with Labour to kill Johnson ’s no - deal Brexit plan. The intervention is a sign that Tories opposed to a no - deal Brexit are prepared to vote with opposition parties to prevent Johnson taking the UK out of He said he would insist on the right of parliament to continue to sit and debate.

(Bloomberg) -- Philip Hammond warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson he’ll work through Parliament along with other former Cabinet ministers to try to stop the U.K. leaving the European Union without a divorce deal.

Hammond Warns Johnson He'll Fight a No-Deal Brexit in Parliament© Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, April 10, 2019, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in Downing Street in London. Hammond, who stepped down as Treasury chief before Boris Johnson became prime minister, has broken his silence on the new administration in an article published in The Times of London Wednesday Aug. 14, 2019, saying Britain is being pushed towards a no-deal Brexit by "unelected people". (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

Johnson has said he’s committed to delivering Brexit “do or die” on Oct. 31. While he says he wants to do so with a deal, he is yet to meet any EU leaders as the clock ticks down. Instead, he’s insisting that they must reopen the deal negotiated by his predecessor, Theresa May, and remove a section designed to prevent a hard border between the U.K. and Ireland.

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Boris Johnson is preparing for a parliamentary battle against MPs trying to block a no - deal Brexit in the second week of However, they have not yet agreed on a single strategy, and the Institute for Government warned on Sunday that The fight over no - deal Brexit : how might the crisis pan out?

“ Parliament faithfully reflects the view of that majority and it will make its voice heard. No - deal would be a betrayal of the 2016 referendum result. Mr Johnson has repeatedly refused to rule out suspending parliament to force through a no - deal Brexit . His cabinet have largely been unified over the process

To persuade the bloc to do that, Johnson’s government has ramped up its rhetoric about preparations for a no-deal Brexit. But that has provoked those in his own Conservative Party who argue this would do huge economic damage.

“Leaving the EU without a deal would be just as much of a betrayal of the referendum result as not leaving at all,” Hammond, who was May’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, told the BBC on Wednesday. “To set the bar for negotiations so high that we inevitably leave without a deal would be a betrayal. The prime minister said he would get a deal and we want to see him deliver that deal.”

'Ready and willing' to do a Brexit deal, Britain tells EU

'Ready and willing' to do a Brexit deal, Britain tells EU Britain is "ready and willing" to do a deal to leave the European Union if Brussels renegotiates the agreement, a senior government source said on Tuesday, denying that a no-deal Brexit was Prime Minister Boris Johnson's central plan. © Reuters/HANNAH MCKAY A flag of the European Union is pictured outside the Houses of Parliament in London Johnson, who took over as prime minister two weeks ago, has taken a hard line with the EU, demanding that it show willingness to change the deal it agreed with his predecessor before negotiations can restart to secure Britain's smooth departure from the bloc.

Ex-Chancellor Philip Hammond has accused Boris Johnson of ruining UK chances of a Brexit The rebel group, which Mr Hammond leads, also demand in it that Boris declares he is firmly committed Mr Hammond ’s bombshell letter shatters a Brexit peace among Tories since Boris was elected as

Brexit : judge fast-tracks challenge to stop Johnson forcing no deal . Read more. A cross-party group are working on a plan to thwart Johnson , which could involve either forcing parliament to sit through the conference recess or amending the Commons motion that grants the September recess to allow

Hammond said he was “very confident” Parliament had the means to stop Johnson, but said that didn’t mean there was a majority to do so. His argument was backed up by a letter to Johnson signed by Hammond and 20 other Tories -- including several former Cabinet ministers -- urging him to change course.

“We are alarmed by the ‘Red Lines’ you have drawn which, on the face of it appear to eliminate the chance of reaching agreement with the EU,” they wrote in the letter, The Sun newspaper reported.

Hammond Warns Johnson He'll Fight a No-Deal Brexit in Parliament© Bloomberg What Next in Brexit

Even with his Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party allies, Johnson has a working majority in Parliament of just one. That means Hammond and his group have the numbers, at least in theory, to compel a shift in strategy.

In a separate warning, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said on Tuesday he would fight any attempt by the government to suspend Parliament to force through a split many lawmakers oppose. His support to MPs trying to stop a no-deal Brexit has already proved crucial, with parliamentary rules changed to allow different maneuvers.

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