Boris pledges a £1.8bn cash injection for the NHS

Boris pledges a £1.8bn cash injection for the NHS

Britain will be leaving the European Union on October 31 no matter what, Prime minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Monday, responding to reports that a government adviser had suggested parliament had missed its chance to block a no-deal Brexit.

His insistence that Britain is boosting preparations to leave without a divorce agreement if Brussels refuses to renegotiate has spooked markets, sent the pound tumbling and prompted some lawmakers to suspect a no-deal Brexit is his ultimate goal.

"The government will have to bring forward appropriate legislation to prepare for this Brexit no-deal exit that they want".

The moment after Johnson loses the confidence of the parliamentary majority the lion will roar; and he will have the vast majority of his fellow Conservatives behind him.

The rules of parliament have proven flexible and speaker John Bercow has broken precedents to allow opponents of Brexit to have their say.

"We will put all our energy into making sure that we can secure that good deal but at the moment it is the European Union that seems to be saying they are not interested", he said.

In a no-deal scenario, the United Kingdom would immediately leave the EU with no agreement about the "divorce" process, overnight exiting the single market and customs union - arrangements created to help facilitate trade.

According to The Times, Cummings told government special advisers at a daily meeting: "It's clear as we look at the process for no-deal planning that in all sorts of ways the previous government did not take this seriously".

Mr Hancock said MPs had a chance to stop the outcome a number of times in recent weeks, but had failed to vote it through.

"I thought that would go through and in fact, the government won by 11", he said.

Opponents of Brexit believe they could cobble together a national unity administration whose only goal would be to ask the European Union to delay Brexit while an election or a new referendum, or both, was held.

However, if some Conservative MPs voted against their party, parliament could end up forcing one though.

Speaking on a visit to the flood-threatened town of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, Jeremy Corbyn said Johnson "seems to be trying to slip no-deal through, slip past parliament and slip past the British people".

But Johnson's allies say he could hang on for the two weeks, running down the clock, and then call an election for after October 31.

There was a similar response on the notion of no-deal happening on October 31 even if this fell during a general election campaign, a period when, by convention, the incumbent government does not take any major decisions.

He also has the option of forming a coalition with the Brexit Party, if needed, though the latter will reportedly refrain from fielding candidates in seats where a pro-no-deal Conservative Party candidate is running.

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