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    The news comes as Tory rivals launch campaigns to battle over outgoing prime minister Theresa May's leadership position for No 10.

    Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has threatened to prorogue Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit, with the MP for Escher and Walton stating he would dissolve the Commons so that the UK could leave the European Union by the 31 October deadline.

    The statement comes after years of political infighting over Brexit in Commons, with Mr Raab taking a more hardline stance on Brexit by prorouging Parliament to block MPs from passing laws to delay or nix withdrawing from the EU.

    But Mr Raab's statement inflamed tensions with Tory MPs, with Tory rival Rory Stewart slamming the move as "unlawful, undemocratic, and unacheivable" and calling it "profoundly offensive" to the UK's constitution and traditions.

    "You can try to lock the gates of Parliament," Tory rival Rory Stewart cautioned. "But to do so for this purpose would be unlawful." 

    UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the idea of dissolving Commons would work, adding that the last time anyone had tried, it sparked the English Civil War. Mr Hunt also stated that there was a "responsibility" to strike a balanced deal with Brussels.

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    "There is a deal here and we have a responsibility to find it," he told MPs. "If we go to the EU and put a gun to their head they're going to walk." 

    Commons speaker John Bercow also weighed in on Raab's statement, saying as quoted by HuffPost UK politics news editor Ned Simons that Parliament would not be evacuated "from the centre stage" of Brexit talks and that doing so would be "blindingly obvious".

    ​Sam Gyimah lambasted Brexiteers employing such tactics as using "Trumpian machismo" who believed their own proposals would be better than outgoing PM May. 

    "You've got chest-beating men saying they could do what Theresa May failed to do," he told Bloomberg. "They're saying they could go and renegotiate in a Trump way and get a better deal."

    But Damian Collins MP backed the idea of using "dynamic force" to pass a no-deal Brexit and threw his support behind leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson in a Times column.

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    Mr Collins said: "In these challenging times, I believe that a dynamic force is a very necessary thing." 

    MP Maria Caulfield also backed Mr Raab, stating he was the "only candidate who has so far guaranteed we will be leaving the EU on 31st October" and that it was evidenced "tonight in a strong hustings performance".

    ​The Conservative party has suffered historic defeats in recent history, losing roughly 1330 councillors in May local elections and 14 seats in European Parliamentary elections on 23 May. UK prime minister Theresa May also announced on 24 May that she would resign as Prime Minister on 7 June following former Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, sparking a fierce race for a successor amongst rival Conservative factions, with many backing frontbencher candidates as well as contrasting positions on Brexit.


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