Boris Johnson said on Tuesday under his premiership the UK would be leaving the European Union on October 31 “do or die”. But, Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has outlined Mr Johnson’s “problem” after his clear cut Brexit pledge. He said: “On the issue of Brexit, Boris finally went, ‘right, we are definitely 100 percent leaving on October 31, do or die. Here’s the problem.
“Here is the point, which is the really big point. Even if he wants to come out on October 31, it is quite clear now that probably the EU isn’t going to budge, so he can’t get a better deal.
“If he tries to force no deal in that circumstance, which probably looks like the most likely scenario, that Parliament will rise up against him, led by many of his own Conservative party, including people like Ken Clarke.
“Who have already said within hours of him trying to do this, which might be very soon after he becomes Prime Minister, they would back a vote of no confidence, which he may then lose, and it then goes to a general election.
“Which he might lose again. He could have the shortest tenure of any Prime Minister in history.”
During an interview with talkRADIO the former Mayor of London insisted the UK would be leaving the Brussels bloc by the end of October.
He said: “We are getting ready to come out on 31 October. Come what may. Do or die. Come what may.”
He added: “It’s got to be, we need a new withdrawal agreement – if we’re going to go out on the basis of a withdrawal agreement.”
But, earlier this week, Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood claimed around a dozen Conservative MPs would support a vote of no confidence in the Government to stop a no-deal Brexit.
On the possibility of some Tory MPs supporting the “nuclear option” of denying the Government Commons support if it pushed for no deal, Mr Ellwood told the BBC: “I believe that absolutely is the case.
“I think a dozen or so members of parliament would be on our side, would be voting against supporting a no-deal and that would include ministers as well as backbenchers.”
Also earlier this week, Conservative MP for Rushcliffe, and Father of the House, Kenneth Clarke, admitted he would bring down the Government to prevent no deal.
Mr Clarke told BBC’s World at One: “If it’s heading for a no deal simply because the Government can’t go round doing anything then, yes, I think I would.
“I am a life-long Conservative, that means I am pro-business, I am in favour of free markets, I am in favour of free trade and I think all of those should be combined with a strong social conscience because I am a one nation Conservative.”
He added: “It might trigger an election, it might trigger a change of Government without an election under the law we now have.”
Pressed on whether he could back a Labour-led bid to bring down the Government, Mr Clarke said: “It depends on the circumstances at the time and whoever is Prime Minister is putting forward as the policy he is going to pursue.
“But I am not going to vote in favour of a Government that says it’s going to pursue policies which are totally incompatible with everything the Conservative party has stood for under all those prime ministers for the decades that I’ve been in Parliament.”
Conservative MP Dominic Grieve has suggested himself and at least 15 other Tory MPs would be willing to put “country over party” and prevent a no deal Brexit.