Sajid Javid today vowed Britain will be ‘great’ after Brexit as he insisted the country would ‘bolster alliances’ and build new trading relationships. Heralding this week’s spending review, the Chancellor insisted there was no reason for people to be ‘ashamed’ and the UK had ‘fantastic assets’. The upbeat message came as Westminster braces for a
Sajid Javid today vowed Britain will be ‘great’ after Brexit as he insisted the country would ‘bolster alliances’ and build new trading relationships.
Heralding this week’s spending review, the Chancellor insisted there was no reason for people to be ‘ashamed’ and the UK had ‘fantastic assets’.
The upbeat message came as Westminster braces for a titanic battle in Parliament as Remainers try to thwart Boris Johnson‘s Brexit plans.
Mr Javid’s big set-piece on Wednesday could even be axed if MPs manage to seize control of Commons business as they try to pass legislation ruling out No Deal.
But Mr Javid has signalled defiance, making clear the package for 2020-21 will be the most generous for years as the government tries to turbo-charge the economy.
Heralding this week’s spending review, Chancellor Sajid Javid (pictured in Bristol last week) insisted there was no reason for people to be ‘ashamed’ and the UK had ‘fantastic assets’
It will include boosts for health, social care and education – as well as millions of pounds on enhancing diplomatic ties and the UK’s global profile.
Mr Javid told the Sunday Express: ‘Across our history, Britain has thrived as an open, free-trading nation.
‘As we leave the EU, we are deeply committed to playing a leading role on the global stage.
‘That means bolstering alliances, celebrating our culture, building new trading relationships and making sure we can act when needed to keep our people safe.
‘We shouldn’t be ashamed of being proud of our place in the world.
‘We are and will remain a great nation with fantastic assets.’
The PM took the fight to Tory Brexit rebels today ahead of the Commons clash.
As Downing Street ratcheted-up the rhetoric, ministers branded a cross-party alliance of MPs seeking to prevent a no-deal Brexit as ‘deceitful and underhand’.
Tory heavyweights like ex-chancellor Philip Hammond reacted angrily to claims Conservative MPs voting against a no-deal option when parliament returns this week could be barred from standing in a snap general election.
In his first newspaper interview since becoming Prime Minister in July, Mr Johnson told the Sunday Times: ‘I just say to everybody in the country, including everyone in parliament, the fundamental choice is this: are you going to side with Jeremy Corbyn and those who want to cancel the referendum?
‘Are you going to side with those who want to scrub the democratic verdict of the people – and plunge this country into chaos.’
The comments came ahead of an expected Commons clash on Tuesday when opponents of no- deal look set to try and seize control of the parliamentary agenda to push through legislation that would force the PM to seek a Brexit extension from Brussels beyond October 31.
Boris Johnson (pictured in No10 last week) is bracing for a titanic battle in Parliament this week as Remainers try to thwart his Brexit plans
Staunch Johnson ally and Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg strongly attacked such an action.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Rees-Mogg said: ‘They dare not use the confidence procedures because they know that Jeremy Corbyn is too unpopular, and therefore they seek deceitful ends by underhand means.’
Reports that any bid to extend Brexit to stop a no-deal exit would be treated as a no confidence issue, with supporting Tory MPs stopped from standing for the party, drew a harsh response from Mr Hammond.
The ex-chancellor tweeted: ‘If true, this would be staggeringly hypocritical: 8 members of the current cabinet have defied the party whip this year.
‘I want to honour our 2017 manifesto which promised a ‘smooth and orderly’ exit and a ‘deep and special partnership’ with the EU.
‘Not an undemocratic No Deal.’
A Government spokesperson said: ‘All options for party management are under consideration, but first and foremost the PM hopes MPs will deliver on the referendum result and back him on Parliament.’
Some 20 Tory former ministers are considering standing at the next election as independent Conservatives rather than back a no-deal option, the Sunday Times said.
Tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated against Mr Johnson’s plans to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks ahead of the return of MPs from their summer recess.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier again insisted he would not scrap the Irish backstop proposals in the Withdrawal Agreement that Mr Johnson has branded unacceptable.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Barnier insisted the measures, aimed at preventing a hard border across Ireland, represented the ‘maximum flexibility’ that Brussels can offer.
How an explosive week in British politics could play out
The Brexit process reaches what could be a make-or-break stage this week as Boris Johnson and MPs engage in an extraordinary test of strength.
Tory rebels are hoping that by the end of the week they will have forced Mr Johnson to admit he must extend the October 31 deadline rather than try to leave without a deal.
But if they fail, the PM could emerge strengthened – and if they win there is mounting speculation he could opt to call an election rather than bow to their will.
MPs and peers will start massing at Westminster on the last day of the summer recess.
Remainers are likely to be putting the final touches to their plans for taking control of Commons business and passing legislation to block No Deal.
The government will be mobilising its forces to resist, in what promises to be an unprecedented clash between the executive and the House.
The Commons formally returns. Speaker John Bercow is likely to give his response from the chair to Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament in mid-September until October 14. He has already branded the idea a ‘constitutional outrage’.
Remainers are expected to table a request for an emergency debate under Standing Order 24. Mr Bercow is likely to approve the request, and bend procedural rules to allow them to use the time to table a business motion.
If the rebels win a crunch vote, they would be able to take control of the Commons order paper and pave the way for a short piece of legislation ordering the PM to seek a Brexit extension.
They could also add extra sitting days, with speculation the House might sit on Friday and through the weekend. There has not been a Saturday sitting since 1982, discussing the Falklands War.
Away from Westminster, a court in Edinburgh is set to consider a legal challenge to Mr Johnson’s proroguation plan.
Consideration of the Bill could start, potentially wiping out plans for the spending review to be presented and Mr Johnson’s first PMQs.
The Bill will need support from Tory rebels successfully to clear its Commons stages, but there appear to be more than enough willing to act to avoid No Deal.
On Thursday, the High Court in London is due to consider another judicial review of Mr Johnson’s proroguation plan, which could offer more drama.
Former PM John Major, Remain campaigner Gina Miller and Labour deputy leader Tom Watson are among those involved in the case claiming that Mr Johnson is acting beyond his powers to silence Parliament.
The Houses are not currently due to sit, but there is a fair chance rebels will try to speed the legislative process by working through the weekend.
The Lords looks set to present the biggest challenge to rebel hopes, with Eurosceptic peers threatening a huge fillibustering effort to stop the Bill going through.
If the law has not passed by the time the House prorogues – which could happen as early as Monday – it will be wiped out, leaving Remainers with little or no time to try again when Parliament returns in mid-October.
But if they manage to get a measure on the statute book ordering Mr Johnson to seek and accept an extension from the EU, he could opt to call an election rather than obey. October 24 is regarded by many as a possible polling day.