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Andrea Leadsom Hints At What Boris Johnson's Plan For No-Deal Brexit Could Be
17 July 2019, 10:23 | Updated: 17 July 2019, 10:29
Andrea Leadsom hinted at how Boris Johnson may take the UK out of the European Union without a deal by timing the start of his new government.
A report today suggested that the favourite to be the next Prime Minister is considering a plan to suspend parliament for the final two weeks of October.
That would mean MPs would be unable to block a no-deal Brexit.
Speaking to Nick Ferrari, Ms Leadsom said: "I do not think that prorogation is a tactic that any Prime Minister would employ.
"But there are different aspects to this. Prorogation can take place in the event a General Election is called, or a decision to prorogue at the end of a session. All of these things are very well-established parliamentary procedures.
"Boris is quite clear we are going to leave the EU, we're going to re-unite the country, then we're going to defeat Jeremy Corbyn in that order. We need to get on with it."
Theo Usherwood explained what this might mean. He said: "It looks something like a plan from Leadsom.
"On the week commencing 14th October, Boris Johnson suspends Parliament, following the longest session since World War II.
"On 31st October, the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
"Then, in the week of 4th November, it is clear that Boris won't be able to pass a Queen's Speech. And so he calls a General Election, having delivered Brexit."