MANCHESTER — U.K. ministers won’t help their opponents thwart Brexit by revealing how it will bypass a no-deal law, the Conservative Party’s chairman said.
Speaking at a London Playbook event at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on Monday, James Cleverly refused to reveal how Prime Minister Boris Johnson will deliver on his “do or die” pledge to deliver Brexit on October 31 after MPs passed anti-no-deal legislation.
A new law, known as the Benn Act, requires the prime minister to request an extension from EU leaders if he has failed to secure a deal by the next European Council meeting on October 17 and 18.
Asked about how the U.K. government would bypass the law, Cleverly said: “I’m not going to tell you … what we’ve seen is parties distorting the parliamentary process, breaking conventions, taking a very creative interpretation of parliamentary procedures, to prevent the government discharging a promise the prime minister made — and indeed the promise that all parties made at the referendum. And I’m not going to help them by showing them our homework.”
Referring to the Benn Act, Cleverly warned: “legislation passed in a rush tends to be bad legislation.”
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