September 2, 2019 / 7:26 AM / 13 days ago

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

FILE PHOTO: David Gauke, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

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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