Defense Secretary Ben Wallace was caught on a hot microphone today, suggesting that the real reason that Boris Johnson has suspended Parliament so he can deliver Brexit.
Wallace did not seem to be aware of the camera, while telling his French counterpart, Florence Parly, at a meeting in Helsinki: & # 39; Parliament has been very good at saying what it does not want, but it was terrible saying what it wants. That is the reality.
& # 39; So you know every leader has to try, you know. I don't know what the outcome is … (laughter). Oh politics. & # 39;
Continue to fervently try to gather parliamentary support against Mr Johnson's fragile majority to prevent Brexit on 31 October.
The Tories have a working majority of only one seat in the Commons, making it difficult to pass legislation, let alone something like division like Brexit.
Mr. Johnson's astonishing decision to lead parliament in the prorogue reduces the amount of time MPs should try to stop a No Deal split when they return from their summer vacation next week.
At a certain point in the week from September 9 to October 14, the prime minister received permission from the queen to preach parliament.
Contrary to what Mr. Wallace said, Mr. Johnson claims that the & # 39; completely false & # 39; is to suggest that Brexit is the reason for his parliamentary preaching, arguing that he needs a speech from the Queen to create a & # 39; very exciting agenda & # 39; of domestic policy.
Ben Wallace seemed unaware of the camera, just a stone's throw away, while telling his French colleague at a meeting in Helsinki: "Parliament has been very good at saying what it doesn't want, but it is terrible in saying what it wants. That is the reality. & # 39;
Mr Wallace laughed when he explained Mr Johnson's predicament to French Defense Minister Florence Parly at a meeting in Helsinki on Thursday
Johnson explained his decision to preach parliament in a letter that was sent to every member of parliament yesterday morning
The other MPs are expected to focus their efforts on trying to seize control of the Commons and pass a law that would force the Prime Minister to ask Brussels to postpone the Brexit if no agreement was reached by the Halloween deadline.
Wallace also explained the intricacies of Westminster to Mrs. Parly in France today at the hot mic incident: & our system is a winner, takes all systems. If you win a parliamentary majority, you have everything under control, you set the timetable. There is no written separation.
& # 39; So it is, you have almost everything under control. And we have suddenly found ourselves without a majority and no coalition, and that is not easy for our system. & # 39;
The shorter timetable for parliament has drawn attention to the so-called & # 39; Remain Alliance & # 39; with MPs gathering behind closed doors to determine how the best No Deal can be stopped.
It is thought that next Tuesday, their first day back, they will look for an urgent 24-order debate with which they can vote and then take over the Commons.
They are then expected to try to break an anti-No Deal law for Mr. Johnson the following week.
Downing Street is expected to do everything in its power to delay the passage of any draft laws in the hope that the MPs will not have enough time.
Plans allegedly considered by Number 10 include asking Eurosceptic colleagues to filibuster all rebel laws that have been submitted to them and even tell the Queen not to give the law Royal Assent if it is the Commons and the House or the Lords.
A diagram showing what could happen after Boris Johnson announced that Parliament would be announced from mid-September to a Queen's speech in mid-October
Protesters waved EU flags and shouted & # 39; stop the coup & # 39; and brought traffic to a halt in central London last night
The prime minister has undergone a furious backlash since the bomb announcement on Wednesday, including bids in London, Edinburgh and Belfast to stop Parliament's prorogation.
What is happening now with the Brexit process in Parliament?
These are the most important dates in the countdown to October 31, when the UK has to leave the European Union with or without a deal.
September 3: MPs return to the Lower House for the first session after the summer break.
September 4: Chancellor Sajid Javid for Commons statement on government spending in 2020/21.
September 9: Parliament probably starts prorogation process.
10 September: Parliament is likely to be sold until 14 October.
September 14: Liberal Democratic party conference starts in Bournemouth. Jo Swinson will probably give a speech on September 17.
September 21: Labor party conference starts in Brighton. Jeremy Corbyn will probably give a speech on September 25.
September 29: Conservative party conference starts in Manchester. Boris Johnson will probably give a speech on October 2.
October 14: State Opening of Parliament, including Queen & # 39; s Speech.
17/18 October: EU summit in Brussels.
October 21/22: Parliament is likely to hold a series of votes on Queen's speech.
October 31: UK due to departure from the EU.
And with even more headaches for Mr. Johnson, the popular Scottish conservative leader Ruth Davidson stepped down after eight years of reviving the fortunes of her party.
Mrs Davidson, who was in favor of a stay in the EU, urged Mr Johnson to conclude a deal with Brussels and mentioned the & # 39; conflict I felt about Brexit & # 39; in her letter of resignation.
In addition to the loss of Mrs. Davidson, the Prime Minister made his first resignation this morning on the prorogation plan when Lord Young, a government whip, stopped and said that he & # 39; was very unhappy with the timing and duration of the prorogation & # 39 ;.
Mr. Johnson's opponents have given the Parliament's suspension a & # 39; coup d'etat & # 39; and a & # 39; constitutional outrage & # 39; called.
However, it is assumed that the government is considering all kinds of devices and creases to slow down the rebels and ensure that they have no time.
Downing Street seems to be increasingly confident that MPs are running out of time or do not unite in sufficient numbers to succeed.
Johnson has promised to get Britain out of the block on October 31 & # 39; do or die & # 39; and with or without a deal. His preference remains with an agreement.
The Prime Minister was accused yesterday by angry MPs of acting like a & # 39; tinpot dictator & # 39; and today Jacob Rees-Mogg fanned the flames while laying down a challenge for Remainers.
Rees-Mogg told the BBC: & All these people who moan and grind their teeth know that there are two ways to do what they want to do.
& # 39; One is to change the government and the other is to change the law. If they do that, it will have an effect.
Rees-Mogg, pictured this morning in Westminster, said MPs & # 39; courage and gumption & # 39; to show if they want to stop Boris Johnson's Brexit plan
& # 39; If they don't have the courage or guts to do either, we'll leave on October 31 in accordance with the referendum result. & # 39;
The Commons Speaker John Bercow and Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn both said that Mr. Johnson's decision was a constitutional outrage.
But Mr Rees-Mogg said that the British constitution & # 39; a robust and flexible & # 39; is that & # 39; can bow to the passing storm as it has done in the past centuries & # 39 ;.
The Commons Leader, who wrote today in The Telegraph, put the blame for the current situation directly at the door of lagging MPs.
He said: & # 39; There is no constitutional crisis except those caused by those who voted for the referendum, then supported the use of Article 50 and supported the withdrawal law.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell addressed anti-prorogation protesters gathered at Parliament Square last night
& # 39; Each of these had comfortable parliamentary majorities, often supported by those who now claim that following a referendum is undemocratic. This is untrue and unconstitutional. & # 39;
Mr. Rees-Mogg played an instrumental role in Mr. Johnson's plan to preach parliament when he flew to Balmoral Castle in Scotland yesterday to personally present the Prime Minister's proposal to the Queen.
He was then one of three members of the Privy Council – a committee advising the Queen on political matters – who was present yesterday afternoon when the prince approved the order to suspend parliament.
The prime minister outlined his decision to suspend Parliament in a letter that was sent to MPs yesterday morning.
In the letter he said: & # 39; This morning I spoke with Her Majesty The Queen to request a termination of the current parliamentary term in the second session in September, before the second session of this Parliament. begin with a speech from the Queen on Monday, October 14.
"A key feature of the legislative program will be the government's main legislative priority, if a new deal is to be reached in the Council of the EU, to introduce a proposal for a withdrawal agreement and act swiftly to ensure that it will proceed before 31 October. to secure."
Johnson said that the weeks prior to the European Council were vital because of my negotiations with the EU. as a sign that he does not want MPs to do anything to derail his hope of concluding an agreement.
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