Tory MPs could bring down a Boris Johnson govt that backs ‘no-deal’ Brexit – defense minister
A defense minister in Theresa May’s cabinet has warned Boris Johnson that if he pursues a ‘no-deal’ Brexit as UK PM, he and many other Tory MPs would vote to bring down his government if a no-confidence motion were called.
In an interview with the BBC, junior defense minister Tobias Ellwood suggested that Johnson could face the prospect of seeing some of his own MPs voting to bring him down – if he pushes for Britain to sever ties with the EU without a deal.
I think a dozen or so members of parliament would be on our side, would be voting against supporting a ‘no-deal’ and that would include ministers as well as backbenchers.
Following a leadership hustings on Saturday in Birmingham, Johnson, the favorite to become the next Conservative leader and de facto UK prime minister, reiterated his intention for Britain to leave the EU by the new deadline day, tweeting: “I’ll deliver Brexit by 31st October.”
Thank you, Birmingham! As PM, I’ll deliver Brexit by 31st October, stop Jeremy Corbyn, and bring the whole country together with a modern Conservative agenda. pic.twitter.com/QqOoIoAToZ— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 22, 2019
It comes after Johnson’s rival for the top job, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, wrote an article in the Times calling on the former London mayor not to be “a coward” and show up to a Sky News debate on Tuesday.
... don’t be a coward Boris, man up and show the nation you can cope with the intense scrutiny the most difficult job in the country will involve.
It emerged on Monday morning that Sky News had postponed the leadership debate because Johnson refused to attend.
Sky News says it will postpone its Conservative leadership debate tomorrow if Boris Johnson does not join Jeremy Hunt in appearing and has also reissued its invitation to both candidates for a debate on 1 July (first tweet deleted and clarification issued)— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) June 24, 2019
In the event that a sitting administration loses a no-confidence motion, there is a 14-day period for parties at Westminster to form a viable government and win a motion of confidence. Failure to do so would lead to a general election being triggered.Also on rt.com Police called to Boris Johnson’s home after ‘slamming and banging’ sparks 'neighborly' concern
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