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Brexit LIVE: Remainer plot to hijack Queen’s Speech vote and force second referendum – Express.co.uk

The Liberal Democrats are tabling a motion in the House of Commons today, calling for a people’s vote to give Britons the choice between Boris Johnson’s deal or staying in the European Union. The amendment is backed by the party’s leader Jo Swinson, and several others including Tom Brake, Alistair Carmichael, Chuka Umunna, Wera Hobhouse and Sir Ed Davey. Former Labour MP Mr Umunna tweeted the amendment, which proposes the addition to the legislation: “At end add ‘but believe that your Government should make arrangements for a people’s vote in which the public will have the choice between the latest withdrawal agreement and remaining in the European Union’.”

He also accompanied this with the message: “Whilst Jeremy Corbyn & Boris Johnson met yesterday to discuss smoothing the passage of a hard Brexit through Parliament, here’s our @LibDems #PeoplesVote amendment to the Queen’s Speech due for consideration in the Commons today.

“Our fight to #StopBrexit + #Remain continues.”

This comes after Mr Johnson’s hopes of winning a general election by a landslide and deliver Brexit could suffer a huge blow as Remainer MPs are plotting to use an electoral change that would significantly lower of doing so.

Ken Clarke warned that MPs will want to reduce the voting age to 16 to hurt Mr Johnson’s chances of gaining a majority in a general election.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Clarke said: “They’re desperate to fight this election.

“People will want to reduce the voting age to 16 for a start. With scope, there are a lot of things for approving the deal.”

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Brexit news: Remainers are plotting hijack Queen’s Speech vote and force second referendum (Image: GETTY)

11.24am update: Barclay attempts to clear up confusion over Johnson’s comments on NI border checks

The Brexit Secretary tried to clarify comments made by the Prime minister on Wednesday when he said there would be no checks between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

He told the House of Commons: “It is the case the Prime Minister was distinguishing between the paperwork that is required, which will be done digitally and is a single form, rather than actually introducing physicals checks.

“In the coming months, we will need to work both within the United Kingdom and with the European Union to discuss how to eliminate the limited and administrative processes.

“The issue here is these administrative processes pertain in particular to international obligations in relation to things like the Kimberley diamonds, like endangered species, things that hauliers through their IT systems will be able to repopulate.”

He added: “There have been concerns expressed in Northern Ireland, and indeed there have been concerns here expressed which I very much respect with confidence and supply partners (the DUP), and again I very much offer to work with colleagues across the House to look at how we address the very real concerns.”

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Brexit news: Stephen Barclay has urged opposition parties to ‘think again’ over the programme motion (Image: GETTY)

11.19am update: Barclay urges Corbyn to ‘think again’ and help pass programme motion

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is hopeful opposition party ministers will reconsider voting down the Government’s proposed timetable to passing Brexit legislation.

On Tuesday evening, Parliament blocked Boris johnson’s attempted tp fast-track legislation needed to ratify and implement the Brexit deal he reached with Brussels last week.

Mr Barclay said: “I hope the honourable gentleman will think again and enable the programme motion (timetable) to go through.”

11.11am update: Brexit fury: How interfering Remainers hobbled Johnson and helped EU in negotiations

A Brexit Party MEP has ripped into Remainers in the House of Commons, claiming the EU would have been forced to “give more” to the UK in exit negotiations if they had not stepped in the Prime Minister’s way.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, John Longworth has ripped into Remainer MPs behind the construction of the Benn Act, aimed at blocking a no deal exit.

After the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans were halted in a historic Saturday House of Commons sitting last weekend, Mr Johnson was forced to send a letter to the EU asking for an extension to the exit process, as required by the Benn Act.

Mr Longworth said: “I think the European Union could have given more.

“But, the problem is Remainer MPs undermined Boris’ negotiating position.

“We would have secured a much better outcome, had they not done that.

“The Benn Bill was directly against the interests of the nation.”

10.48am update: Brexit election: Varadkar reveals Irish government’s prediction for UK vote

Leo Varadkar has revealed who he thinks will triumph at the polls in the next UK general election, which is widely expected to take place this winter.

The Irish Prime Minister told a private Fine Gael party meeting last night he believed Boris Johnson would win a general election if he campaigns on his Brexit deal.

According to the Irish Examiner, Mr Varadkar told the party meeting at Dublin’s Leinster House: “I think he will win the election.”

The Taoiseach and Mr Johnson have held several meetings over the past month and the two leaders helped to kick-start the breakthrough in Brexit negotiations.

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Brexit news: Leo Varadkar who he thinks will win the UK general election (Image: REUTERS)

10.33am update: Macron in fresh Brexit delay blow to Boris 

France will reject a Brexit delay that is “intended to gain time or to rediscuss the accord is excluded”.

European Union leaders are thought to be in favour go granting the UK a three-month extension until the end of January.

It is believed Emmanuel Macron is unwilling to waive this through, and would only be willing to agree a short extension to enable the UK Parliament to complete ratification of the deal.

But in a statement to The Irish Times, the Elysée Palace appears to be quickly losing patience with Britain, and in a statement said Parliament “should examine the withdrawal agreement as quickly as possible”..

It said: “We will see at the end of the week if a purely technical extension of a few days is necessary, to complete this parliamentary procedure.

“Apart from these circumstances, an extension that is intended to gain time or to re-discuss the accord is excluded.

“We concluded an agreement and now it must be carried out without delay.”

9.55am update: Labour MP claims Brexit deal could be scrutinised in under a week

Lisa Nandy, who voted for the withdrawal agreement bill at the second reading, has said Parliamentarians would need less than a week to scrutinise the legislation at committee stage.

MPs could table amendments and changes to bills in that period.

She told the Today programme: “When you consider that this is a bill that was published only 72 hours before the House of Commons was meant to consider it, that draws a border down the Irish Sea, so essentially creates an internal border within the United Kingdom, which could spark a chain of events which breaks up the United Kingdom.

“It seems to me not unreasonable to ask for five or six days to scrutinise it.”

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Brexit news: France is getting increasingly frustrated with the current impasse (Image: GETTY)

9.47am update: Boris could call election TODAY as he eagerly awaits EU decision over Brexit delay

Boris Johnson is poised to a launch a third attempt to trigger a general election as early as today.

The Prime Minister has vowed to call a general election if the EU grant a long enough delay.

EU leaders are expected to announce their decision tomorrow and in preparation the Prime Minister is likely to lay a motion under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act either tonight or on Monday.

The move would force Jeremy Corbyn to finally decide whether to allow an election.

9.40am update: Macron demands EU give UK 15 days to sort Brexit – destroying hopes of pre-Brexit election

France has demanded a speedy “yes or no” from Britain over Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, after a parliamentary vote made ratification of the prime minister’s withdrawal agreement by the October 31 deadline almost impossible.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told politicians: “We have been waiting three years for this decision.

“The British need to tell us as quickly as possible whether it’s a yes or a no,”

“Without a prompt answer, there will be no solution other than a no-deal and that is not what we want,” adding that “at this stage there is no justification for another extension”.

9.31am update: You’re done! Boris blacklists Hammond and other Tory rebels after Brexit vote betrayal

Boris Johnson has blacklisted the ex-Tories who voted against the Government’s crucial three-day parliamentary timetable, aimed at delivering Brexit by October 31.

Nine ex-Tory MPs voted against the Government’s accelerated timetable for enshrining the Withdrawal Agreement Bill into law on Tuesday, making a Brexit delay a near necessity.

In retaliation, Boris Johnson, who stripped the MPs of the whip when they voted in favour of the Benn Act – the law forcing the Prime Minister to request a Brexit extension from the EU – will ensure the rebels are barred from rejoining the party.

This means they will be barred from standing for the party in the next general election, which could be just weeks away.

But the 12 former-Tories who voted with the Government will be allowed to rejoin.

9.16am update: UK will leave EU with Johnson’s deal – Downing Street source

Britain will leave the European Union on the terms of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, despite Parliament complicating the timing of the departure.

A Downing Street source, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said: “We will leave with a deal, with the PM’s deal.”

When asked when Brexit would happen given a deadline of October 31, the source said: “Parliament has taken back control.”

9.12am update: Lib Dems table amendment to Queen’s Speech in attempt to force second referendum

The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment calling for a people’s vote to give Britons the choice between Boris Johnson’s deal or stating in the European Union.

The amendment is being backed by the party’s MPs, including leader Jo Swinson, and several others including Tom Brake, Alistair Carmichael, Chuka Umunna, Wera Hobhouse and Sir Ed Davey.

Former Labour MP Mr Umunna tweeted the amendment, which proposes the addition to the legislation: “At end add ‘but believe that your Government should make arrangements for a people’s vote in which the public will have the choice between the latest withdrawal agreement and remaining in the European Union’.”

He also accompanied this with the message: “Whilst Jeremy Corbyn & Boris Johnson met yesterday to discuss smoothing the passage of a hard Brexit through Parliament, here’s our @LibDems #PeoplesVote amendment to the Queen’s Speech due for consideration in the Commons today.

“Our fight to #StopBrexit + #Remain continues.”

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Brexit news: The UK will leave the EU with Boris Johnson’s deal, a Downing Street source has claimed (Image: REUTERS)

8.50am update: Remainer plot exposed: How new law could block Tory majority and reverse Brexit

Boris Johnson’s hopes to win a general election by a landslide and deliver Brexit might soon die, as Remainer MPs are plotting to use an electoral change that would significantly lower the Prime Minister’s chances of winning at the polls, Ken Clark suggested in a recent interview.

Britain could then be headed to the polls before Christmas and, according to the latest surveys, the Conservative Party is 15 points ahead of Labour.

Despite the promising outlook, according to former Conservative MP Ken Clarke, Remainer MPs are plotting to use an electoral change that would significantly lower the Prime Minister’s chances of winning at the polls.

The veteran MP warned that MPs will want to reduce the voting age to 16 to hurt Mr Johnson’s chances of gaining a majority in a general election.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Clarke said: “They’re desperate to fight this election.

“People will want to reduce the voting age to 16 for a start.

“With scope, there are a lot of things for approving the deal.”

8.46am update: Conservative chairman accuses Labour of ‘running scared’ from election

James Cleverly told the Today programme: “We’ve been calling for a general election, me personally, the Prime Minister at the ballot box, my friends and colleagues all around the country, for months now.

“The Labour Party are running scared and I can completely understand why, their Brexit message is confused at best.”

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Brexit news: The UK had been scheduled to leave the EU in just seven days’ time (Image: EXPRESS)

8.42am update: Labour still dithering over general election

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey has cast more doubt over Labour’s general election position.

Speaking on the Today programme, she was asked if Labour would vote for a general election as soon as the Prime Minister asks for one after the EU grants an extension.

But Ms Long-Bailey said: “That’s our position, but we also want the Prime Minister to look at the compromise that’s been offered that a lot of MPs support, and that’s the ability to be able to properly scrutinise the Bill.”

8.38am update: Tory Party chairman refuses to rule out Brexit taking place on October 31

James Cleverly has not ruled out the UK leaving the EU on October 31 and said the Government has had to “ramp up” its no-deal preparations.

He told BBC’s Today programme: “The EU has not agreed an extension and therefore it is absolutely essential that we make sure that we are ready to leave.”

8.31am update: Boris attacked for cancelling Commons Liaison Committee appearance for THIRD TIME

The Prime Minister’s decision to pull out appearing in front of select committee chairmen with less than 24 hours notice has been described as “extraordinary”.

In a handwritten note to chairwoman Sarah Wollaston, Mr Johnson asked for a new date to be arranged for “five or six months” on from when he became Prime Minister.

“This is the only select committee that can call the Prime Minister, and this is now the third time that he’s cancelled, despite having given a clear reassurance during the leadership campaign that he would come at an early opportunity.

“So I think that’s the point here. He knows that he’s been Prime Minister for months now, he’s only had two appearances at Prime Minister’s Questions, and again not facing this kind of detailed scrutiny, I don’t think it’s good enough, really.”

She added: “I think people will have to draw their own conclusions, but I do think it’s extraordinary to have now cancelled on three occasions, and last time he cancelled he submitted himself to 14 minutes of Facebook live questions with pre-submitted questions.”

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Brexit news: The Labour Party have been accused of ‘running scared’ from a general election (Image: GETTY)

8.24am update: Pound pauses for breath as markets await next Brexit development

The pound has stabilised tis morning as financial markets brace themselves for more major developments around Brexit.

The British currency had increased marginally to €1.162 against the euro and $1.2935 against the US dollar at 8.20am, according to the BBC.

Sterling has soared six percent over the past two weeks of volatile trade since Boris Johnson secured a Brexit deal with the EU.

Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at brokerage CMC Markets in Sydney, said: “Sterling remains at the centre of the focus for forex markets.

“It looks like traders are weighing up the current parliamentary shenanigans versus the seeming inevitability of a Brexit.”

8.15am update: EU keeping UK waiting over Brexit delay as Tory splits emerge

Brussels is still considering whether to grant the UK a further extension to Brexit against the objections of Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister has warned if he is forced to accept a lengthy delay, he will push for a snap general election.

But splits have started to emerged from within the Conservative Party over whether to press for a December poll.

Mr Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings is reportedly leading calls to abandon attempts to the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal through Parliament and go for an election.

But Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith is said to be among ministers arguing it is still possible to pass a bill ratifying the agreement, despite Tuesday’s defeat for Mr Johnson’s attempt to fast-track it through the Commons.

EU leaders are expected to make their decision on a Brexit extension on Friday, and it is thought they will agree a so-called “flextension” to the end of January, with the option for the UK to leave before then if there is agreement in Parliament on a deal before then.

8am update: Brexit Party haemorrhages to Boris! Express poll reveals Brexiteers turning on Farage

Boris Johnson has the faith of Express.co.uk readers to sail to victory in the next general election despite his Commons defeat, a poll has shown.

Express.co.uk readers were asked who they would vote for in a general election between 2pm and 9.42pm on Wednesday.

Out of the 18,675 people who voted, 9,562 (52 percent) said they would back the Conservative Party.

The Brexit Party was a close second with 7,903 votes (43 percent), while the Lib Dems came third with 543 votes (three percent).

And 241 people (one percent) said they would back a different party.

The Brexit Party may have missed out on the top spot after leader Nigel Farage recently revealed he preferred another Brexit delay over the Prime Minister’s deal.

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