Brexit threat: Tory MPs fear new Remainer plot to sabotage exit date ‘to stop us leaving’
Tory officials are considering removing the party conference this September in order to help the new Prime Minister break the Brexit deadlock. Moreover, according to The Sun, talks are underway to consider calling MPs back for an extra 10 days before the October 31 deadline. Despite the talks of binning the July 25 to September 3 recess, Tory leadership favourite, Boris Johnson, did insist that there was no need “to resort to such desperate expedience”.
Under the new plan, MPs would be forced to come to Parliament over the back of September and beginning of October instead of holding the party conference.
One Eurosceptic told The Sun: “This is all about giving MPs more time to stop us leaving.
“This gives the likes of Oliver Letwin and Yvette Cooper more days to do whatever they can to block a No Deal on October 31.”
One senior source told the paper that the plan was discussed by Commons Leader, Mel Stride and party whips earlier this week.
Despite that, the proposal would have to be confirmed by whoever wins the Tory leadership race next month.
However, a senior Tory source insisted that there was a growing realisation that either Mr Johnson or Jeremy Hunt may need time to get any deal through Parliament by the end of October 31.
They told The Sun: “The idea would be that you keep the momentum, keep the DUP, ERG and some of the Labour Brexiteers in Westminster and push the deal through.”
The news of the plan comes as the two leadership contenders unveiled their policies on immigration and education on Wednesday.
Mr Johnson has promised to deliver an Australian-style points-based immigration system if he becomes Prime Minister.
In the Conservative Party digital hustings on Wednesday, Mr Johnson said he was “open to talent, open to immigration” but he said it “should be controlled”.
Moreover, he also insisted that he would block the ability to be able to claim benefits immediately when someone arrives in the country.
He added: “We must be much more open to high-skilled immigration such as scientists, but we must also assure the public that, as we leave the EU, we have control over the number of unskilled immigrants coming into the country.”
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