According to British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, the government is abiding by a law that would prohibit the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union without an agreement at the end of October, but would “test it to the limit” and interpret the legislation in its own way.
According to British press reports on Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains determined to leave the United Kingdom from the European Union on the deadline of 31 October for Brexit, whether or not there will be an agreement on the terms of the exit.
Raab, in an interview with Sky News on Sunday, said the law, “voted by the opposition” and “voted by the Labor Party” and endorsed by many members of the ruling Conservative Party, is “so bad” that it needs to be tested obliges the government.
He added that the Cabinet “will, by its own interpretation,” study the law very carefully.
Government sources claiming in the Sunday Telegraph, a British conservative newspaper, say Boris Johnson “does not interpret the law as rebels” and, on that basis, believes he can legitimately disregard the law.
One of the government officials cited by the newspaper said Johnson and his staff were ready to “hit the chain” with anything that could prevent them from leaving the EU in late October.
But over the weekend, several leading legal experts said Johnson could find himself in jail if he refused to comply with the law, which was finalized on Friday.
The point of the law is that unless Parliament agrees to a new Brexit agreement by 19 October and that Britain’s membership of the EU is terminated without an agreement, Boris Johnson must initiate a three-month postponement with the EU , that is, until January 31, 2020.
The law even predetermines the text of Johnson’s request for Brexit to be postponed to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, composed of EU heads of state and government.
Unanimous decision of the European Council is required to approve further, now third, postponements.
Dominic Raab stated in a Sunday News interview on Sky News that this is a “wacky law” that would allow multiple postponements of Brexit and virtually force London to submit to EU-imposed conditions, no matter how vindictive, are of a criminal nature “.
Twenty-one members of the Conservative Party House of Commons also voted to put on the bill a bill to ban uninhibited Brexit.
Representatives in front of the government included a number of former government members, including two former finance ministers, Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke, and Greg Clark, former business minister and former international development minister Rory Stewart.
Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of the late British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, also voted against the government.
Representatives who voted for the motion were excluded by the government from the Tory faction and thus continue to function as independent representatives.
Amber Rudd, former Minister of the Interior in the government of former Prime Minister Theresa May, announced his departure from the Ministry of Labor and Pensions on Saturday evening.
In a letter to Johnson, Rudd called the exclusion of MPs against the government an attack on integrity and democracy, and political vandalism.
Just one and a half days earlier, Jo Johnson, the brother of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, had left the government, returning to his mandate.
Jo Johnson, who was the Undersecretary of State for the Department of Business until his resignation, explained his departure as “an unresolvable tension” for his family loyalty and his obligation to represent national interests.