Johnson plans extra bank hols in new plot to deliver Brexit
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