Brexit: Ex-PM vows legal action if UK Parliament suspended

With the contest to elect the next Conservative leader Telegraph readers share their thoughts on the policy pledges made by both candidates

The Work and Pensions Secretary said holding on to the option of leaving the European Union without a deal was necessary for future negotiations, even though she had tried to force Theresa May to rule out no deal ahead of the original March 29 Brexit deadline.

Greg Clark the business secretary has warned the next prime minister that a no-deal Brexit will lead to the loss of "many thousands" of jobs.

The frontrunner to succeed Theresa May, Boris Johnson, has refused to rule out proroguing Parliament.

MPs have consistently voted against a no-deal Brexit, but by closing Parliament (proroguing) in the run-up to Brexit day they would be denied of the opportunity to block it.

"I think, somehow, Alex, much as I love the US, much as it would be a dream job for me in many ways, I'm afraid I've got to stick around in case they drop the ball again".

The cabinet minister said she was backing Jeremy Hunt in the leadership race, who has previously said a no-deal Brexit would be a "last resort". "It's evident that if you have the disruption that comes from a no-deal Brexit there will be people that will lose their jobs".

A spokeswoman for Mrs May told a Westminster briefing: "The Prime Minister has always been clear that leaving without a deal would be disruptive".

But he insisted at a Tory leadership hustings in Maidstone on Thursday that "common sense" would prevail among his colleagues, causing them to support his bid to sever the United Kingdom from the EU.

Sterling was trading near its lowest level for more than two years on Wednesday as better-than-expected readings on the economy did little to dispel growing fears of a no-deal Brexit.

Conservative Party members are submitting their postal ballots to appoint the new leader of their party - and the leader of the country - who will be announced on July 23.

A ComRes survey for the Telegraph suggested that an election would leave the Tories with 345 seats to Labour's 207, with the Brexit Party on zero, following Mr Johnson's claim that he is prepared to seek a No Deal Brexit.

The victor, and new Prime Minister, is expected to be announced on July 23.

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