Europhile politicians intent on bringing down a no deal Brexit have admitted defeat after the Institute for Government warned “time is running out” for MPs trying to block the UK’s exit. Officials said “simply voting against” a no deal could not stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking the UK out of the EU by October 31 with or without a deal.
A Tory MP told The Times: “I have to admit it. It’s over. I don’t want to be part of it at all.”
The news comes amid reports Tory MPs are unlikely to back a no confidence vote amid fears it will give Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Downing Street.
Mr Corbyn has ordered his MPs to cancel any travel plans they have next month as he ramped up plotting to bring down the government.
The Labour leader wants to force a confidence vote in the government and was widely expected to call it as soon after MPs return to Parliament on September 3.
Staunch Remainer and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve has argued 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.
Mr Johnson is preparing for a showdown with pro-Remain MPs who are threatening to block his plans for a no deal Brexit in October.
MPs are reported to be planning to hijack a motion on restoring the Northern Ireland executive, due to take place on September 9, to seize control of the House of Commons agenda, according to the Financial Times.
A cross-party group of Remainers, including Tory MPs, had been spending their recess plotting to stop the prime minister leaving the EU without a deal.
They were reportedly planning a bloodless coup to take over parliament and install a new unelected Prime Minister in a desperate bid to stop Brexit.
The plot would see Remain MPs form a “government of national unity” to overthrow the Tory leader and request an extension to Britain’s departure from the EU.
Remainers were understood to be plotting to install a “unity Prime Minister” for a few days with the sole intention of extending Article 50 and then calling a general election.
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Brussels is said to believe Mr Johnson is serious about leaving without a deal on October 31 if a new agreement cannot be reached following the Tory leader’s promise to deliver Brexit by October 31 “do or die”.
A source said: “What has landed is that the EU now understands that we mean it when we say that.
“It is significant that, for the first time, they do get that – but the EU is watching and waiting to see what happens in September and what MPs do to try to stop it.”
During his first speech in the House of Commons as Prime Minister, Mr Johnson vowed to “unshackle” British diplomacy from EU affairs as Brexit day emerges.
A recent survey has revealed Mr Johnson has the support from more than half of the UK public to deliver Brexit by any means possible, including suspending Parliament.
The ComRes poll produced for The Daily Telegraph found out 54 percent of British adults believe Parliament should be suspended to prevent MPs from stopping a no deal Brexit.
The poll also revealed MPs may not have the support of voters should they attempt to block Brexit, showing 62 percent disagreed Parliament was more in tune with the public than Mr Johnson.
Meanwhile, America’s national security adviser John Bolton has vowed Britain will be the “first in line” for a trade deal with the US who will “enthusiastically” back a no deal Brexit,
Speaking following a meeting with Mr Johnson on a visit to London, Mr Bolton said Washington would support an accelerated series of trade deals on a “sector-by-sector” basis.
He said “both President Trump and I were leavers before there were leavers” on his first day of a two day visit to London.
On Britain’s decision to exit the EU without a deal, he said: “If that’s the decision of the British government, we will support it enthusiastically and that’s what I’m trying to convey.
“We’re with you, we’re with you.”
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