September 3, 2019 / 12:28 PM / 12 days ago

Johnson 'unconvincing' in talks to stop lawmakers' power grab - source

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the media outside Downing Street in London, Britain, September 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave an unconvincing explanation on Tuesday of how a deal to leave the European Union could be put in place before parliament is suspended, a source close to talks with the so-called rebels in his party said.

Johnson is trying to persuade Conservative lawmakers who want to stop a no-deal Brexit to fall into line and vote against a move by opposition lawmakers to take control of parliamentary business and prevent Britain from leaving the EU without a deal on Oct. 31.

“The PM gave an unconvincing explanation of how a deal could be ratified, legally drafted, and legislated in the very short time-frame when parliament is not prorogued - and that the previous Leader of the Commons regularly advised her colleagues in the last administration that ‘months’ would be required to legislate for a deal,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addson

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