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Time is running out for "Remain"-supporting politicians to prevent an ultimate no-deal Brexit, a London-based think tank said on Monday".

On Thursday Johnson failed to confirm whether he would resign as PM if he lost a vote of no-confidence and instead insisted that what MPs should do "is honour the mandate of the people and leave the European Union on 31 October".

MPs are now on summer recess and are not scheduled to get back to Westminster until September 3. In this event, Dominic Cummings, Johnson's senior adviser, has threatened to press ahead with Brexit on 31 October with or without a deal and schedule the election for the days after that date, with parliament shut down.

Stopping the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union without a deal is "very unlikely" due to the lack of time to secure a new agreement and reduced opportunities for lawmakers to legislate against it, the Institute for Government has concluded in a report.

MPs opposed to no deal believe they can topple Johnson's government, then use a 14-day window before an election to change the law, forcing Johnson to request an Article 50 extension to the Brexit deadline.


Johnson promised his voters that the United Kingdom would leave the Union by that date with or without a deal, a position that is strongly rejected by the Tory Elite. "This could risk dragging the Queen into politics", the report warned.

"Forcing through no-deal against a decision of parliament, and denying the choice to the voters in a general election already underway, would be an unprecedented, unconstitutional and anti-democratic abuse of power by a prime minister elected, not by the public, but by a small number of unrepresentative Conservative Party members", Corbyn wrote.

The option of a second referendum can only happen with government support, the IfG said.

"Crucially, if MPs try and fail to force the government to abandon its no-deal plans, their fall-back option of voting down the government could come too late to make a difference".

Downing Street believes rebel MPs will try to make a move to stop a no-deal Brexit in the second week of September, with the European Union unlikely to respond until after that battle has played out.

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