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Most Britons Back a No Deal Exit over Delaying or Cancelling Brexit

12 August 2019

The advisers received an email on Thursday from Boris Johnson's chief of staff Edward Lister saying that they can not take any holiday until after the date that Britain is due to leave the European Union due to "serious work to be done", it was reported yesterday.

MPs may have little chance of stopping Boris Johnson pushing through a no-deal Brexit when Parliament returns in September, a leading think tank has warned.

Government control of Commons business meant it could be hard for MPs to repeat the process that led to the passing of the "Cooper Act" in March, which required Mrs May to seek the current extension.

In his letter, he demanded urgent clarification of the purdah rules, which are meant to prevent the government taking major policy decisions, including no-deal Brexit, during an election campaign.

"We are well prepared (for no deal) and I hope the British are too".

It also required further votes if the Government wanted to leave without a deal although these were tied to a specific date - 21 January - which has long since passed.

He said when no-deal is "staring MPs in the face" many would "get behind" an emergency administration.

In his letter, Corbyn demanded clarification of the rules around 'purdah, ' the specific period of time during an election campaign in the United Kingdom when the government is precluded from making major policy announcements.

On Thursday Johnson failed to confirm whether he would resign as PM if he lost a vote of no-confidence and instead insisted that what MPs should do "is honour the mandate of the people and leave the European Union on 31 October".

Bringing down the Government would require Jeremy Corbyn to call a vote of no confidence but this would require huge cross-party co-operation to stop Mr Johnson.

However, Mr Cummings has reportedly advised Mr Johnson he could delay polling day until after October 31, by which time Britain would be out of the EU. Just 29 per cent said he should step down so another government could be formed to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Most Britons Back a No Deal Exit over Delaying or Cancelling Brexit