Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to deliver Brexit by the end of October this year with or without a deal. The EU has refused to budge on Mr Johnson’s demands of changes to the backstop mechanism within the withdrawal agreement. Some pro-EU MPs have warned the Prime Minister they will do all they can to block Britain’s departure if the UK is on track to leave with no deal.
But, Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Jack Simson Caird, a Senior Research Fellow in Parliaments and the Rule of Law, has claimed Mr Johnson is still “in the driving seat” and if he wants to deliver a no deal exit, “he can”.
He said: “I think in our constitutional situation, even though the Prime Minister has a non-existent or very slim majority, he is still in the driving seat.
“He has the power as the Prime Minister, has the prerogative power to conduct foreign relations.
“Parliament has already legislated to trigger Article 50 and to prepare the statute book by passing the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018.
“I think that lays the foundations for him to say, if he wants a no deal, then he can.
“Without a really really radical alternative, looking like it might happen, I think he is in a really strong position.”
The remarks came prior to threats from pro-EU Tory MP Dominic Grieve that there were “a number of things which the House of Commons can do, including bringing down the Government via a vote of no-confidence and setting up a new government in its place.”
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Rebels have hinted under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act if the Government lost a vote of confidence MPs could seek to put a new government of national unity in its place – before going to the EU to ask for a further Brexit extension.
Mr Grieve later warned the Queen could step in to “sack” Mr Johnson if he refused to quit after losing a potential vote of no-confidence. Read full story below…
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to deliver Brexit by the end of October this year with or without a deal. The EU has refused to budge on Mr Johnson’s demands of changes to the backstop mechanism within the withdrawal agreement.