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Johnson, Hunt cross swords over Brexit in testy debate

14 July 2019

Former British prime minister John Major vowed on Wednesday to go to court to block his party colleague Boris Johnson from suspending parliament and dragging the queen into a constitutional crisis to deliver a no-deal Brexit.

If anybody were to attempt to shut down Parliament in order to carry out a course of action which Parliament is known to oppose, that would be very serious indeed. Major's suggestion is important because Parliament has repeatedly signalled its opposition to a no-deal Brexit, but has no obvious way of stopping it.

But Mr Major's warning was supported by Mr Hammond, who said: 'The idea that elected members of parliament would be locked out of their place of work is truly shocking'.

"Boris is, I believe the necessary choice for our Prime Minister at this crucial time and moment in history", she said.

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Mr Johnson has pledged that he will enact the European Union exit by the Halloween deadline "come what may, do or die", while Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt said he would be willing to delay if a deal was in sight.

May told the Daily Mail in an interview published Friday that the job of prime minister is not about power but about public service.

"I think, somehow, Alex, much as I love the USA, much as it would be a dream job for me in many ways, I'm afraid I've got to stick around in case they drop the ball again".

But he insisted at a Tory leadership hustings in Maidstone on Thursday that "common sense" would prevail among his colleagues, causing them to support his bid to sever the United Kingdom from the EU.

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Great to meet Members in Maidstone and Sevenoaks this evening.

"I'm not going to take anything off the table, any more than I'm going to take no-deal off the table", Johnson said.

A ComRes survey for the Telegraph suggested that an election would leave the Tories with 345 seats to Labour's 207, with the Brexit Party on zero, following Mr Johnson's claim that he is prepared to seek a No Deal Brexit.

An announcement is expected on July 23.

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Johnson, Hunt cross swords over Brexit in testy debate