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about, these remainer mps, they were trying to string it out and help few hope the negotiation store, —— and hope the negotiation store, —— and hope the negotiation stored, and then have another referendum and win that referendum. —— stalled. but there are many conservatives within there are many conservatives within the party as well who fear the consequences of a no—deal brexit and we might see the details of what that would mean for the uk economy if they are good to their word and they publish the details around the yellowhammer documents, which because they are obliged to do after the motion published this evening. we will be back with you i'm sure because in the next few minutes we think prime minister borisjohnson will speak... there is the live feed from the house of commons, looking low— key from the house of commons, looking low—key but it will start to fill up. it would be the last vote for a number of weeks, a vote on whether the prime minister gets his way and gets an election in mid—october, but we can't find anyone who is
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expecting him to get that but the vote will still happen and you never know until you get the numbers. the prime minister making the case that he needs to do this because mps have removed no deal is an option which undercuts his ability to negotiate with the eu. let's reflect on what where there is no saint you have to stop no—deal brexit leaves the prime minister. it says if there is no deal in place by october the 19th the prime minister has got to write to the european union and ask for an extension. last thursday boris johnson union and ask for an extension. last thursday borisjohnson said he would rather be dead in a ditch then ask for the extension but the trouble is he seems likely to fail for a second time to get an early election so he is on course to be in power if there is on course to be in power if there is no deal in place by the 19th of
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october. we have looked at four options available. option 1 is accepting the law and having an election — but sometime after october 31st. let's speak to rob watson. he is very reluctant to do this but despite what he said he could say aye understand i cannot have an early election and i accept this law that says there cannot be a no—deal brexit and that he could just say aye accept the extension and then i will have an election and the themes that will be the people versus parliament, all those pesky people we have been watching these last few weeks he will say who stood in the way of the people getting brexit.
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the second option is that borisjohnson could get a deal with the eu before october 19. some critics argue he may not even want one. take for instance amber rudd who resigned from the cabinet at the weekend saying she'd seen no evidence of work being done on a deal. and she said that "80—90% of government time is going into preparing for no—deal". mrjohnson insists that doesn't mean he prefers no deal. this was earlier in dublin. i want to find a deal. i want to get a deal. like you, i looked carefully at no deal and i've assessed its consequences for oui’ country and yours, and yes, of course, we could do it, the uk could certainly get get through it, but be in no doubt that outcome would be a failure of
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statecraft for which we would all be responsible. i'll turn to the prime minister's trip to dublin in more detail later. next here's option 3 — this one is politically nuclear. boris johnson resigns to force a general election. how would this work? as i understand this option, and i did scribble them down, so i should understand them, the prime minister said there is no way he is writing for an extension to the brexit process, he resigns on someone else has to write the letter, namely jeremy corbyn, the leader of the opposition — the prime minister says there is no way he is writing for an extension. and then we have a general election on the basis of the
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people versus parliament, boris johnson is the one who will finally get brexit delivered, as he would say, versus jeremy corbyn at the other opposition parties who have been standing in the way. borisjohnson says he will abide by the law, but we know his team have been exploring their options of bypassing it, without breaking it. ready for this? the prime minister could send two letters to the eu — one which asks for brexit, and another which sets out that the government doesn't want a delay at all. the daily telegraph calls this the ‘sabotage plan'. lord falconer wasjustice secretary under tony blair whe labour was in power. he tweets "statutory purpose of request letter is to get extension. "to seek to destroy statutory purpose is to break law." the criminal bar association had a similiar assessment.
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it says such a move, "undermines the entire justice "system, opens the door wide open to mob rule and very "quickly to anarchy." "the law applies equally to everyone; this "is what the rule of law means." and this the former supreme courtjustice lord sumption on the bbc‘s today programme. to send the letter and then try and neutralise it seems to me to be plainly a breach of the act. i think you have got to realise that the courts are not very fond of loopholes. they're going to interpret this act in a way that gives effect to its obvious purpose unless there's something in the act that makes it completely impossible to do so. and there isn't. if boris johnson did go down this route — and we should say we don't know if he is willing to — he may commit a criminal offence.
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the financial times — "this issue is a test case for strongman politics — and puts borisjohnson in a group of other leaders who have shown willingness to break the law. none of which means the prime minister will choose this route. but it's an option. none of these are great options? i was about to say, first of all, massive compliments to the production team at open source, what an amount of work you have been doing exploring option four, and regarding those options, it reminds me, it makes me think of the way in which the brexit deadlock doth make men mad, forgive me for mangling shakespeare. and to be fair to the brexiteers,
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they would say when you look about getting round the law, it's because we represent people who are furious that brexit hasn't happened, but to not be a politician, isuppose, and to get round to answering your question, none of the options are great, and one criticism that could be made of borisjohnson is that last week he effectively lost control of the brexit process when he lost a couple of key votes in parliament and of course lost his majority and booted out a number of conservatives into the bargain. a quick question on the practicalities of those who are trying to take on borisjohnson. at the moment they are based in westminster and they are talking to each other and they are in the same building, but parliament is about to be prorogued and presumably they go home and the coordination becomes harder? yes and no. one of the reasons why it is thought that parliament... why the government wanted parliament
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suspended was to stop too many troublesome questions, but politics will continue and the parties will be having their political conferences like their conventions in the us, and my goodness there's the media, my dear chap, and the idea of taking the message out to the people. politics will continue and the idea it will stop until the 14th of october is ridiculous. we will still have jobs and the debate will go on. the question i could not answer, which of the options the prime minister will go for, i have no idea, but stay tuned. if you keep watching you will find out eventually. we'll gave up making predictions a long time ago. let me show you the feed coming in from the house of commons as the debate goes on. mps will vote on whether to hold an
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election in the middle of october before the brexit deadline and this is what borisjohnson would like to happen. we think this is not what the majority of mps would like to happen but we will find out when they vote. let's listen to the debate in the meantime. my honourable friend has been a member of the shadow sponsored board and engaged on this bill significantly including helping to secure amendment number nine which we welcome so the money spent on this will benefit the whole of the united kingdom and its constituent parts. he cannot be here today because this morning his wife gave birth to twins. and we congratulate him on that. i hope underthe twins. and we congratulate him on that. i hope under the proxy voting rules i will be entitled to cast two votes on his behalf when we come back from recess. we help the young girls will grow back from recess. we help the young girls willgrow up back from recess. we help the young girls will grow up in a dependent


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