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Johnson vows to push for Brexit after suspending Parliament

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"Johnson and his hard-right Cabinet are not only on the side of the establishment ... they are the establishment."

Johnson rejected accusations that he suspended Parliament to run down the clock toward Oct. 31 and avoid scrutiny of his Brexit plans.

He insisted he wanted the recess to prepare for "delivering on the priorities of the people" in sectors such as education, health care and policing in the next parliamentary session.

Labour lawmaker Stephen Kinnock said his cross-party group "MPs for a deal" wants a "pragmatic deal that we believe can command a majority in Parliament and also begin to reunite our deeply divided country."

Another Conservative member of the group, Victoria Prentis, told the BBC that she wants to respect the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum but "avoid the damages of a no-deal Brexit."

Johnson said on Monday that he was making progress in negotiations with Brussels, but British lawmakers and EU officials have cast doubt on whether he is serious about seeking a deal.

 

In an open letter to constituents on Tuesday, former minister Amber Rudd, who resigned from Johnson's government on Saturday, said she "no longer believes that getting a deal is the central objective of the government."

Rudd said earlier that the government was devoting 80 to 90% of its time to preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

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