Rebel MPs plan to ambush Boris Johnson and force second Brexit referendum

Opposition MPs and Brexit rebels are planning to ambush Boris Johnson and power him to carry a second referendum on EU membership.

Labour’s Hilary Benn mentioned he was methods to get MPs to help a ‘individuals’s vote’ when the Commons returns for a particular Saturday sitting on October 19.

These behind the plan need a prolonged Brexit extension and a brand new referendum by the top of March subsequent yr – with a common election solely following afterwards.

And allies of Jeremy Corbyn are placing intense stress on the Labour chief to help the technique as they worry that holding a common election first may lead to a Tory victory after which a tough Brexit.

Labour’s Hilary Benn (pictured) is methods to get MPs to help a ‘individuals’s vote’ when the Commons returns for a particular Saturday sitting on October 19

Anneliese Dodds

Margot James

Labour’s Anneliese Dodds (left) referred to as for ‘democratic enter’ throughout an extension whereas Tory insurgent Margot James (proper) indicated she would again a second vote

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is reported to have warned that Mr Johnson is luring Labour right into a entice by goading them into an autumn election they are going to lose, whereas Labour frontbencher Emily Thornberry mentioned yesterday that she may ‘see the sense’ in holding a referendum first.

However in a keynote speech yesterday, Mr Corbyn caught to his weapons, saying that he nonetheless deliberate to demand an election inside days of the Prime Minister requesting an extension from Brussels.

He promised a second referendum on Brexit, however solely after Labour had gained energy on the polls.

Nonetheless he didn’t, as anticipated, say that Labour was ‘champing on the bit’ for an election, as a substitute repeating that the occasion was ‘prepared’.

The talk on techniques is more likely to dominate the following week if Mr Johnson fails to agree a Brexit deal.

Underneath the phrases of the so-called Benn Act, the Prime Minister has to ask for an extension if there isn’t a deal by October 19. In consequence, Parliament will now sit on that day, the primary time it has sat on a Saturday for the reason that Falklands Struggle.

Allies of Jeremy Corbyn (pictured yesterday) are putting pressure on him to support the strategy as they fear that holding a general election first could result in a Tory victory

Allies of Jeremy Corbyn (pictured yesterday) are placing stress on him to help the technique as they worry that holding a common election first may lead to a Tory victory

Boris Johnson (pictured in Downing Street yesterday) could be ambushed by rebel MPs when the Commons holds a special Saturday sitting next week

Boris Johnson (pictured in Downing Road yesterday) could possibly be ambushed by insurgent MPs when the Commons holds a particular Saturday sitting subsequent week 

However David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, has indicated that Britain would solely be granted an extension if there’s a common election or a second referendum.

And Mr Benn, the previous shadow international secretary, has advised that if there isn’t a settlement, he would attempt to get a second referendum by way of the Commons on October 19.

He advised BBC2’s Newsnight on Wednesday: ‘Now we have proven our capability to take management of the order paper, so we can’t be ready simply to see what the Prime Minister has in retailer for us.

‘It is a massive alternative for Parliament to say we are able to discover a means ahead and a confirmatory referendum is the way in which to do it.’

Margot James, a former Tory MP who was expelled for opposing No Deal, indicated she would again a second vote.

‘It’s critical that this time we truly do one thing concrete,’ she mentioned. ‘I may help the Theresa Could take care of a confirmatory referendum.’

Shadow Treasury minister Anneliese Dodds mentioned: ‘If now we have that extension we would want to point out it was for a cause – to have democratic enter. Whether or not that may be a common election or a confirmatory referendum is one thing now we have been discussing.’

The debate on tactics is likely to dominate the next week if Boris Johnson fails to agree a Brexit deal (he is pictured trying to do so with Leo Varadkar yesterday)

The talk on techniques is more likely to dominate the following week if Boris Johnson fails to agree a Brexit deal (he’s pictured attempting to take action with Leo Varadkar yesterday) 

Yesterday, former chancellor Philip Hammond advised BBC Radio 4’s In the present day programme that he didn’t help the concept of an election earlier than Brexit had been resolved and mentioned it was ‘ironic’ that MPs had been being requested to ‘flip the Authorities out’.

He mentioned: ‘I do not suppose an election solves our downside right here. I might not help an election in the meanwhile.’

The ex-Chancellor mentioned a confirmatory referendum ‘will not be my most well-liked choice’, however didn’t rule one out.

Talking in Northampton yesterday Mr Corbyn mentioned he nonetheless wished an election, adopted by a referendum if Labour wins. He added that avoiding No Deal was the ‘absolute precedence’ and mentioned: ‘After an election a Labour authorities would introduce laws to make sure a referendum.’

Nonetheless, it has been reported that Mr McDonnell advised the Shadow Cupboard assembly earlier this week that he was cautious of an election earlier than Brexit is settled – calling it a ‘entice’.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has expressed concern, whereas Labour deputy chief Tom Watson additionally backs a referendum earlier than an election.

And yesterday Miss Thornberry added her voice, saying: ‘My concern a few common election is it might be a sort of quasi-referendum, that it might be all about in or out, what sort of deal, and so to a sure extent I can see the sense in attempting to have a referendum first.’