Boris Johnson has suggested he can’t get a good Brexit deal from Europe without shutting down Parliament.
The Prime Minister faced outrage over his plans for a Parliament shutdown which would slash the amount of time MPs have to scrutinise and potentially block a no-deal Brexit .
But defending the plan in an interview today, Jonson suggested it was necessary to sideline Britain’s Parliamentary democracy in order to push through his Brexit plan.
He told Sky News his commitment to leaving on Halloween “do or die” had strengthened his position in negotiations.
He said: “Because they see that we’re serious and – just to get back to parliament – I’m afraid that the more our friends and partners think, at the back of their minds, that Brexit could be stopped, that the UK could be kept in by parliament, the less likely they are to give us the deal we need.
“That’s why I really hope MPs will allow the UK to do a deal and to get ready for a no-deal Brexit.
“That’s the best way forward for our country, believe me.”
The Prime Minister has ordered a suspension of Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen’s Speech on October 14, but Tory rebels and opposition leaders believe there is still enough time to get a measure to prevent a no-deal Brexit through both Houses.
a judge in Scotland rejected a request to immediately block the parliamentary suspension, which was approved by the Queen on Tuesday.
But former prime minister Sir John Major signalled his intention to join a legal battle at the High Court in London.
Opposition leaders in the Commons have agreed to seek a legislative change when MPs return to Westminster on September 3.
Tory rebel ringleader Sir Oliver Letwin said he had been in talks with Speaker John Bercow about the parliamentary procedures that will apply.
The former minister said he believes “there probably is time” to get a measure to block a no-deal Brexit through Parliament despite the temporary shutdown which will begin in the second week of September.