Prime Minister's Brother Quits As Minister And MP Over "National Interest"

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday (Sept 5) he would "rather be dead" than ask Brussels for a further delay to Brexit, which opposition lawmakers are trying to force him to do under a Bill to block Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal on Oct 31.

On Wednesday, MPs blocked Mr Johnson's plan for an early election.

Conservative Party members of the upper house of parliament had tabled a series of amendments in an attempt to run down the clock on the delay bill and prevent it being passed before parliament is suspended on Monday.

The prime minister's spokesman issued a statement thanking Jo Johnson for his service and adding: "The PM, as both a politician and brother, understands this will not have been an easy matter for Jo".

A Number 10 spokesman said: "It is clear the only action is to go back to the people and give them the opportunity to decide what they want: Boris to go to Brussels and get a deal or leave without one on October 31, or Jeremy Corbyn arriving in Brussels with his surrender Bill begging for more delay, more dither and accepting whatever terms Brussels imposes over our nation".

Labour economy spokesman John McDonnell said the party wanted an election but was still deciding on whether to seek one before the October 31 Brexit deadline, or to wait until Parliament had secured a delay to Britain's departure from the bloc.

Mr Gauke was one of 21 MPs to have the whip removed by the Conservative Party after rebelling against the party in the Commons this week.

"So we're now consulting on whether it's better to go long therefore, rather than to go short".

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President Trump responded to the House of Commons' power grab Wednesday, saying Johnson will eventually overcome parliamentary opposition and deliver on Brexit. Johnson plans to suspend Parliament at some point next week until October 14.

On Thursday transparency campaigner Gina Miller, who won a ruling in the Supreme Court in 2017 that stopped the government from triggering the countdown to Brexit without a vote in Parliament, was bringing a challenge at the High Court to Johnson's plan to suspend Parliament.

Johnson's finance minister, Sajid Javid, opened up the possibility of a change to the October 15 date but said the government could strike a renegotiated Brexit deal with Brussels and get it through parliament before October 31.

Miller, who is supported in her claim by Labour and the governments of Scotland and Wales, argues that sending lawmakers home at a crucial time is unlawful. He told Parliament there was "real momentum" in negotiations with the EU, but European officials deny this and say Britain has yet to produce any concrete proposals.

Pence told Johnson that the U.S. was "ready, willing and able to immediately negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK" after Brexit.

Parliament is rushing through legislation created to keep Johnson from breaking Britain off from its closest trading partners without a negotiated agreement with Brussels.

"We're ... not going to be tricked or conned by Johnson so we're looking at every way in which, having secured the legislation, he can't wriggle out of abiding by the law and implementing it", McDonnell said.