By George Stephens • 20 October 2019 • 21:29
The Government’s Operation Yellowhammer contingency plan to handle a no-deal Brexit is being “triggered”, Michael Gove has said.
Gove who is in charge of preparations for a no-deal outcome said the risk of such a scenario had increased due to MPs forcing the Government to ask Brussels for another delay to the Brexit date.
Many Westminster observers viewed the move as a bid to increase pressure on MPs to back Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.
The latest development comes as Mr Gove said: “Brexit will go ahead on October 31” a stance emphasised by Boris Johnson following his Commons defeat on Saturday.
Labour has hit out at the way the Prime Minister distanced himself from a legally required request to the EU for a Brexit extension which he refused to sign.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell accused Mr Johnson of “behaving a bit like a spoilt brat” over the issue and has said he believes the prime minister could be held in contempt of parliament over his behaviour.
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