Boris Johnson has suffered a handful of colossal defeats in the Commons since coming to power, as Remainer MPs successfully passed a law that aims to block the UK leaving the EU without a Brexit deal on October 31. Speaking ahead of this vote at The UK in a Changing Europe’s no deal report launch last Wednesday, political scientist John Curtice outlined Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to avoid a general election and leave the Prime Minister in “a box with no obvious escape”. The Politics Professor at Strathclyde University told Express.co.uk: “If the opposition managed to get the legislation through that says the Prime Minister cannot go for no deal unless he gets a positive vote in the House of Commons for no deal, having come back from the European Council, and then says ‘you cannot have an election’.
“It leaves Boris Johnson in a box from which there is apparently no obvious escape.
“So you can see why in terms of wanting A) to ensure that no deal doesn’t happen and B) making life difficult for the new Prime Minister.
“Penning him in on Brexit and not allowing him the escape hatch is an obvious political strategy.
“What remains to be seen is whether or not at the end of the day the Labour Party is willing to go down that path or not.
“Also happens to be true however that at 25 percent of the vote, perhaps the Labour Party would be sensible not to allow an election to happen just simply because of its own interest.
“It would enter an election in an even weaker position than it was in 2017.”
The comments came ahead of Dominic Grieve’s demand for all written and electronic contact about the temporary suspension of Parliament and Operation Yellowhammer documents since July 23 to be released being approved by 311 votes to 302, majority nine.
The vote is binding on the Government, but had been strongly opposed by ministers who said there were concerns about the scope of the documents requested, and that they had been sufficiently clear on the subject.
His motion asked for all correspondence and communications, including WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Facebook messenger, private email accounts, text messages, iMessage and official and personal mobile phones connected to the Government to be handed over.
It lists key personnel within Mr Johnson’s current Government, including the Prime Minister’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings and director of legislative affairs Nikki da Costa.
Meanwhile, a legal bid to challenge the suspension of parliament has succeeded at the appeal court in Edinburgh, with judges ruling Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament to be “unlawful”.
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A group of around 70 parliamentarians had appealed against a ruling by a judge at the court that Mr Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament was lawful.
Judge Lord Doherty originally dismissed a challenge against the suspension – which went ahead in the early hours of Tuesday – at the Court of Session last Wednesday, saying it is for politicians and not the courts to decide.
But three judges of the Inner House, the supreme civil court in Scotland, disagreed with Lord Doherty’s ruling. The UK Government plans to appeal against the latest ruling to the Supreme Court.
Earlier on Wednesday, Jeremy Corbyn said Labour will “do everything” to prevent a no deal exit from the EU.
He told Sky News: “Labour will do everything to prevent a no deal exit from the European Union. That is is our first priority. After that we want a general election so the people can decide their future do they want a Government that invests and ends austerity?
“A Government that deals with the grotesque levels of poverty and inequality in Britain and they will get the chance for a public vote under a Labour Government between Remain and a credible option which we will negotiate with the European Union.”
But when asked on the views Mr Watson expressed on Wednesday that the party should campaign for Remain, Mr Corbyn said: “It’s Tom’s view: I don’t accept it and I don’t agree with it.”