Johnson 'Sticking to His Guns' on Brexit Plans, Says Foreign Secretary

Amber Rudd leaves her home in London Britain

"I think the Prime Minister was right to restore some discipline and I think he's right to expect it from his top team".

Then came a proposal - so far rejected - for an early election, Tory sackings and court battles over the PM's decision to suspend Parliament from next week until mid-October.

Amber Rudd has quit Boris Johnson's cabinet and given up the Conservative whip after the prime minister sacked 21 rebellious Conservative MPs this week. Boris Johnson wanted to ensure that the United Kingdom left the European Union by October the 31, with or without a deal.

The former home secretary said the issue was not confined to her own party, with Labour's Diana Johnson facing a deselection battle after the former minister became the first MP to be forced to fight to remain a candidate under new watered-down rules agreed by members previous year.

The departure of Ms Rudd - who complained she had seen little evidence Ministers were trying to find an agreement with Brussels on a new Brexit deal - prompted speculation that other senior Ministers might quit.

She will continue as an MP - but will no longer sit as part of the Conservative party in Parliament having resigned the whip, adding her name to a growing list of Tory rebels on the backbenches.

"It is unchanged, we will be leaving on October 31", he said.

Speaking to Sky News, he insisted testing the law's limits was "the responsible thing to do" and accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of dragging the country "into the quicksand" by backing the legislation.

Two days after the prime minister made the remarks, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State Dominic Raab told Sophy Ridge on Sky News on Sunday that "the prime minister is sticking to his guns" and that even though "we're going to keep going on with the negotiations" with the European Union to remove the controversial Irish backstop from the withdrawal treaty, "we must leave come what may" on Halloween.

The pact aims to secure the UK's exit from the European Union, as well as place Farage as the leader of a Westminster party with a considerable number of seats.

In return, he would offer to stand down some of his 600 new candidates in seats where they could split a pro-leave vote which may otherwise vote Conservative.

The backstop - the insurance policy to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland - remains a major stumbling block in getting a Brexit deal through Parliament.

"However, I no longer believe leaving with a deal is the government's main objective".

Javid said: "Anyone who understands how negotiation works, you would not discuss those in public".

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