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Brexit: Boris Johnson threatening to deselect Tory rebels to provoke early election, claims Gauke – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to Boris Johnson’s threat to remove whip from Tory MPs who vote against him on Brexit

9.31am BST

Here is a Press Association list of members of the cabinet who have defied the government whip this year – sustaining Philip Hammond’s claim that Boris Johnson is being “staggeringly hypocritical”. (See 8.52am.)

Boris Johnson, prime minister: Voted against Theresa May’s Brexit deal in first two votes

9.13am BST

The Tory rebels who are planning to vote for legislation intended to block a no-deal Brexit on 31 October don’t actually have a leader – Philip Hammond, Sir Oliver Letwin and Rory Stewart are all key players – but they do have a nickname, the Gaukeward squad, making David Gauke, the former justice secretary, at least their eponymous figurehead.

On the Today programme this morning Gauke said he thought Boris Johnson was trying to orchestrate an early election. (See 8.52am.) Here are some other lines from his interview.

Frankly, there’s not a credible plan coming from the government to be able to leave with a deal on October 31. I would say it’s a 95% chance, to be honest, that if parliament does not act this week that we will leave without a deal on October 31.

The rule of law is hugely important to this country and I am concerned by some of the briefings that have been put out by the government suggesting that they won’t comply with the law, and I think Michael was equivocal on that question yesterday.

I think it would be very helpful if the government could clarify that they believe in the rule of law.

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Read more: theguardian.com