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The Prime Minister has maintained Britain will finally depart the European Union “do or die” on October 31 – and now a legal loophole could ensure the UK’s passage out of the bloc in 80 days time. Lord Lisvane, who held the position of the most senior constitutional adviser to the Commons, insists Mr Johnson can suspend parliament and delay a possible general election until after the Brexit deadline. Ahead of parliament reconvening in September, Remainer MPs are understood to be plotting a vote of confidence in Mr Johnson’s Government – which could trigger a third general election in four years.
Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, if the Government loses there would be 14 days for Mr Johnson to win another confidence vote or for an alternative Government to be formed.
However Lord Lisvane stated if such vote is passed, the Prime Minister could still table a “Sitting of the House Motion” which could prevent MPs from sitting in parliament and passing vital Brexit legislation.
But Lord Lisvane warned taking control away from parliament would be “open subversion” and may spark a constitutional crisis.
He told Politico: “To do so would be an open subversion of the FTPA process, and would be open to fierce criticism on the grounds that it would prevent the House of Commons coming to a view which might be supportive of an alternative PM.”
Meanwhile the comments made by Lord Lisvane have been echoed by the findings of a leading political think tank.
The Institute for Government (IFG) said MPs may have limited opportunities to stop a no deal Brexit on Halloween.
The report found it will be difficult for MPs to repeat the process which led to the passing of the “Cooper Act” earlier this year.
The Prime Minister has maintained Britain will finally depart the European Union “do or die” on October 31 – and now a legal loophole could ensure the UK’s passage out of the bloc in 80 days time.
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