Crunch Brexit talks in between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and senior Tory rebels have been cancelled.
As Mr Johnson faced a torrid week of anticipated Commons clashes more than his EU withdrawal stance, a planned meeting on Monday with ex-justice secretary David Gauke and other Conservative critics was referred to as off.
It then emerged that a proposed 1-on-1 meeting in between the PM and former chancellor Philip Hammond would also not take spot.
The developments came following Cabinet heavyweight Michael Gove refused to say if the Government would abide by legislation blocking a no-deal Brexit if it is forced by way of by Tory rebels and the opposition this week.
Pressed repeatedly on no matter whether the Government would abide by a productive bid by Commons opponents to pass legislation stopping a no-deal withdrawal on October 31, Mr Gove told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “Let’s see what the legislation says.
“You’re asking me about a pig in a poke.
“And I will wait to see what legislation the opposition may perhaps attempt to bring forward.”
Mr Gove added: “For me, the most significant factor is to bear in thoughts in fact, we currently have legislation in spot which an overwhelming majority of MPs voted for.
“We currently have an EU Withdrawal Act, we currently have the notice on Article 50, the course of action by which we leave the EU.”
Mr Johnson held a method meeting with celebration whips and senior aides on Sunday in preparation for a hard week ahead.
Opponents of no deal appear set to attempt to seize manage of the parliamentary agenda to push by way of legislation delaying Brexit beyond October 31.
Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, who said he favoured legislation to stop a no-deal situation, branded Mr Gove’s stance “breathtaking”.
He tweeted: “For ministers not to confirm that this Government will accept and comply with legislation lawfully passed is breathtaking.
“The Prime Minister should make a statement on this straightaway.
“No Government is above the law.”
Tory MP Guto Bebb stated Mr Gove’s comments had been “a disgrace to our democracy”.
The former minister added: “This Government’s unprecedented willingness to flout the guidelines is a disgrace to our democracy.
“Not only are they suspending Parliament to attempt to force by way of a disastrous no-deal, but now they are suggesting that even if Parliament passed a law requiring the Government to stay away from no-deal, they could basically ignore it.
“Our quite democracy is now below threat from Boris Johnson and his Government.”
Government sources recommended diary challenges had been to blame for the cancellation of the PM’s meeting with Mr Gauke.
Nonetheless, the move came following Mr Gauke appeared to indicate he was ready to threat losing the celebration whip in order to oppose a no-deal exit from the EU.
He told Sky News: “Sometimes there is a point where… you have to judge in between your personal private interests and the national interest.
“And the national interest has to come very first.
“But, I hope it does not come to that, and I hope cooler and calmer heads will appear at this and consider that attempting to split the Conservative Celebration in this way is not a sensible way forward for the Conservative Celebration, or certainly for the nation.”
Pressed on no matter whether there would be shortages of fresh meals as a outcome of a no-deal Brexit, Mr Gove stated: “Everyone will have the meals they will need.”
He added: “No, there will be no shortages of fresh meals.”
Asked if meals rates would raise, Mr Gove stated: “I consider that there are a quantity of financial components in play.
“Some rates may perhaps go up. Other rates will come down.”
Asked if he planned to attempt to force by way of a Brexit extension beyond October 31, Mr Gauke stated: “I consider the detail will turn out to be quite apparent in the subsequent couple of days.
“But I consider the significant factor is that Parliament should really not be excluded from this course of action.
“I do not think that no deal has a mandate from the 2016 referendum. I do not consider it has got the help of Parliament.
“And the trouble is that if we do not act in this week, I consider that it is probably that Parliament will be excluded from this course of action.”
International Improvement Secretary Alok Sharma told Tory rebels to be “clear whose side you are on”.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell stated the Prime Minister and Government are “insulting the intelligence of the British people” in their explanation for suspending Parliament for up to 5 weeks till mid-October.
Mr McDonnell described the Prime Minister as getting “like a dictator”.
– Press Association