Revealed: Only two ways Johnson will have to face an election – 'Problem' for Remainers



05.08.2019 18:44

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Boris Johnson has repeatedly said the UK will be leaving the European Union with or without a deal at the end of October this year. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has warned he will call a vote of no-confidence in the Government in Autumn to try to block a no deal Brexit. Asked whether a general election was possible, Dr Catherine Haddon, a Senior Fellow for the Institute for Government, insisted it could “still happen”, but in a blow to MPs who want to stop Britain leaving the EU, could fall after October 31.

She said: “It’s still very much on the table - and still could happen. But it can only happen in two ways.“One is if the Government came back and asked Parliament to vote for an election. If that happened then we could see one in around the second or third week of October.“The other option is if Parliament votes for no-confidence in the Government. If that happens it then triggers this process that then could lead to an election.“Problem is it is difficult to do that in the time available before October 31. And it is entirely possible the Government could then try to move the date of the election beyond the 31 October.”READ MORE: Brexit Party MEP shames Jeremy Corbyn during scathing attack

She added: “Part of the problem in all of this is the technical interpretation of the way this new act that controls these fixed terms, when elections can happen, how that works and we have never used certain parts of it before so we don’t know how it would work in practice.“We don’t know the difference between what is intended by the act, which could be to allow an alternative Government to be formed before you go to an election or it could be for the incumbent to stay in post and have a general election themselves. That’s what people are arguing about.”Dr Haddon then commented on if there was a general election, whether the UK could simply fall out of the EU without a deal - before Brits were given another say at the ballot box.She replied: “It’s entirely possible at this stage. Whether that is a good idea or not is a different question.”

It comes as Jeremy Corbyn has said he will call for a vote of no-confidence in the Government this autumn in an attempt to stop a no deal Brexit.Mr Corbyn said the party would do this "when we can win it", but added it would be at an "appropriate very early time".Speaking on a visit to Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, Mr Corbyn said: "We will do everything to stop no-deal including a no-confidence vote at the appropriate very early time to do it."He added: "The Prime Minister seems to be trying to slip no deal through, slip past Parliament and slip past the British people. Sorry, no deal will be really serious."Serious for food prices, for medical supplies, for trade, for investment, and drive us straight into the hands of the sort of trade deal that Donald Trump wants to do with Boris Johnson. I'm sorry, it's not on, it's not acceptable. We will do everything we can to block it.DON'T MISS: Boris Johnson shock: PM will BETRAY DUP for Brexit - shock claim [VIDEO]Kate Hoey savages Labour with warning Brexit Party 'won’t go away' [LATEST]EU tells finance firms to scrap hopes of no-deal Brexit extension [UPDATE]

"There will be a no-confidence motion put at a point when we can win it and a point when we can make sure this Government is not allowed to take this country out of the union with no deal, because of all the dangers there will be to the people of this country."Prime Minister Mr Johnson said the "last thing" he wanted to do was call a general election.Health Secretary Matt Hancock suggested pro-EU MPs had a chance to block a no deal on October 31 in a series of Commons votes last month before Parliament broke for the summer recess, but has now missed its chance.The Prime Minister's top aide, Dominic Cummings, has reportedly insisted it is too late for no deal to be blocked in the Commons.He was said to have told ministers that, even if the Government lost a vote of confidence when Parliament returns in September, Mr Johnson could delay an election until after October 31.Meanwhile, 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.Dominic Grieve told BBC Radio 4: “There are 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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