PM Boris Johnson Accuses MPs of ‘Collaborating’ with EU to Stop Brexit
Prime Minister made the comments during 'People’s PMQs'
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused pro-EU MP's s of “collaborating” with their “European friends” to block Brexit.
Johnson made the comments during “People’s PMQs” on Wednesday, using Facebook to talk directly to the country and answering questions from members of the public.
“There is a terrible kind of collaboration, as it were, going on between those who think they can block Brexit in Parliament and our European friends,” Johnson said.
“We need our European friends to compromise and the more they think that there’s a chance that Brexit can be blocked in Parliament, the more adamant they are in sticking to their position,” he added.
Pro EU former Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said he was “very confident” that MPs could stop Prime Minister Johnson from exiting the EU without a deal.
Hammond wrote in The Times that no-deal exit would somehow be a “betrayal of the 2016 referendum result” saying it “It must not happen.”
Hammond told the BBC:
“Parliament is clearly opposed to a no-deal exit, and the prime minister must respect that.”
But recent polls show that leaving the EU without a deal is what the public want as apposed to canceling or delaying Brexit.
Britons have backed Johnson delivering Brexit “by any means, including suspending Parliament if necessary, to prevent MPs from stopping it.”
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow vowed to “fight with every breath" any move to prorogue, meaning to suspend briefly, the parliamentary session, Johnson is said to be weighing up as an option to prevent the MP's stopping Brexit.
Johnson said he wants to renegotiate Theresa May’s exit agreement with the EU to get rid of the controversial Irish backstop, which could keep the UK in permanent regulatory alignment with the bloc.
Johnson has increased no-deal preparations after forming a Brexit War Cabinet of ministers who support leaving the EU as promised.
Last month, Nigel Farage called for "pact" with Johnson's Conservative Party and the Brexit Party as a strategy to “smash” Labour in a snap election.
Johnson would need to agree to the pact for it to move forward.
Farage encouraged the possibility of a pact between his party and the Tories, implying the only way the new Prime Minister could live up his word on 'delivering Brexit' is to call a snap election to clear out pro-EU figures within the House of Commons.