September 2, 2019 / 7:25 AM / 16 days ago

UK PM Johnson wants election to purge no-deal rebels: former minister Gauke

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government plans to lose any Brexit vote this week and call a general election, former justice minister David Gauke said on Monday.

“Their strategy to be honest is to lose this week and then seek a general election having removed those of us... who believe we should leave with a deal,” Gauke, who opposes a no-deal Brexit, told BBC Radio.

Reporting by Kate Holton and Costas Pitas; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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