John­son plans ex­tra bank hols in new plot to de­liver Brexit

Daily Star - - NEWS - ■ by WILL STONE

BORIS John­son was last night con­sid­er­ing flood­ing Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber with new bank hol­i­days in or­der to help se­cure Brexit.

It was one of sev­eral rad­i­cal ideas said to be on the table as the Prime Min­is­ter pulls out all the stops to make sure we leave the EU on Oc­to­ber 31 – deal or no deal.

He’s des­per­ate to si­lence rebel MPs af­ter yes­ter­day sus­pend­ing Par­lia­ment to en­sure our exit in the face of a grow­ing back­lash among politi­cians keen to pre­vent a no-deal sce­nario.

Mr John­son dragged the Queen into the bit­ter Brexit de­bate by an­nounc­ing plans to dis­miss MPs from the Com­mons be­tween Septem­ber 11 and Oc­to­ber 14, known as pro­ro­ga­tion.

Ja­cob Rees-Mogg, the Com­mons Leader, flew to Bal­moral in Aberdeen­shire to present to the Queen the plan, which she ap­proved.

The move is seen as a cyn­i­cal ploy to deny ri­val MPs the time to stop a nodeal Brexit in the Com­mons.

An amend­ment tabled by rebel-in-chief Do­minic Grieve would still force

Par­lia­ment to sit even if the Government at­tempts to push through no-deal dur­ing the sus­pended pe­riod.

But the amend­ment states Par­lia­ment would not have to sit on a bank hol­i­day.

As a re­sult, No10 is con­sid­er­ing cre­at­ing a se­ries of bank hol­i­days to pre­vent Par­lia­ment be­ing re­called. Don­ald Trump backed the PM’s pro­ro­ga­tion plan.

The US Pres­i­dent tweeted that Jeremy Cor­byn would find it hard to seek a vote of no-con­fi­dence and that Mr John­son “is ex­actly what the UK has been look­ing for”. Anti-Brexit cam­paign­ers staged a protest against the sus­pen­sion at Col­lege Green near Par­lia­ment.

Ruth David­son is set to quit as the To­ries’ Scot­tish leader be­cause she’s “at odds” with Boris John­son.

CLOWN AND CROWN: Anti-Brexit pro­test­ers at Col­lege Green last night

■ FLY­ING VISIT: Rees-Mogg in Aberdeen af­ter see­ing the Queen. Right, her let­ter of con­fir­ma­tion and Trump’s tweet

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