Election speculation mounts after Boris Johnson calls Cabinet meeting

"We are opposed to the Bill which is being brought forward because it is about crippling negotiations and chopping the legs out from under the United Kingdom position, and making any further negotiation impossible".

Ms Greening, Mr Hammond and Mr Grieve all confirmed they would join opposition MPs in voting for legislation created to delay Britain's exit from the European Union if no agreement can be struck with the European Union before October 31.

Ms Greening added: "It is very clear to me that my concerns about the Conservative Party becoming the Brexit party in effect have come to pass and therefore my decision is that, if I really want to continue to make a difference on the ground on opportunity and social mobility, I need to do that outside Parliament and that's what I am prepared to do". "Let's get on with the people's agenda".

A no-deal Brexit is considered unsafe because it will sever decades of seamless trade with the single market of 500 million, with many experts predicting a no-deal Brexit could tip the UK's economy into a recession.

"The prime minister doesn't want an election but that will be up to MPs when they choose to vote tomorrow", the official said. If the members of parliament do manage to block a no-deal Brexit at the end of next month, then that is likely to push sterling up.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a working breakfast at the Hotel du Palais on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. By Tuesday several had gone on the record to say they are ready to vote against Johnson this week.

She is part of the so-called "Guakeward squad" of Conservative MPs who want to stop no deal and among the handful of Tories who publicly back the People's Vote campaign for a second referendum. The bloc is adamant it will not renegotiate the agreement struck with former prime minister Theresa May on the terms of Britain's departure and the framework of future relations.

Former prime minister Theresa May agreed exit terms with Brussels previous year but the deal, which covered Britain's financial contributions, the rights of European Union expatriates and the Irish border, was rejected by parliament thrice.

Time is short for lawmakers to block a no-deal Brexit.

"I want everybody to know - there are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay".

Election speculation mounts after Boris Johnson calls Cabinet meeting
Election speculation mounts after Boris Johnson calls Cabinet meeting

Johnson's aides insist any election would be held before Brexit, but some of his opponents fear he could change the date at the last minute to after October 31.

Some of the most important votes are those of Johnson's own party - particularly those who can't stomach the notion of a no-deal exit.

Johnson's enforcers warned rebels that if they voted against the government they would be kicked out of his Conservative Party.

Mr Hammond, who was re-selected as Tory candidate for Runnymede & Weybridge on Monday night, told BBC Radio 4's Today: "I will not support a proposal to dissolve Parliament for an election until this bill has completed its passage through Parliament".

Johnson's team sees the bill as practically a vote of no-confidence in the premier.

But because of a largely untried law passed in 2011, he needs the support of two-thirds of Parliament to seek an election.

Labour Party legislator Hilary Benn tweeted the text Monday afternoon.

A snap election is simply when a general election is called earlier than expected.

Johnson earlier expressed hope he could get a deal with Brussels on ending Britain's 46-year-old membership of the European Union, but added that he would stick to the Brexit deadline.

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Johnson said he and Tusk largely agreed on the world's major issues, regardless of whether there is a deal on Brexit . He said those who "supported tariffs were at risk of incurring the blame for the downturn in the global economy".

  • Darren Santiago