LONDON: As the race for ruling Tory leadership in Britain is going on and sofar 13 contenders including Sajid Javid and Boris Johnson are in fray. According to the latest information surfaced today (Sunday), leadership hopeful Sajid Javid has refused to rule out extending Britain’s departure from the European Union beyond the end of October.
The Home Secretary, the Pakistan origin politician and a popular figure within the party is among 13 candidates vying to replace Theresa May, said he did not want to delay Brexit but would not ignore Parliament if it forced his hand.
Keeping in view of alarming law & order situation especially the increasing knife crimes in capital London, Sajid Javid announced just few days before that he will depute 20,000 police force to strengthen the security arrangements within the metropolitan city.
It follows reports that Environment Secretary Michael Gove told colleagues he is prepared to delay Brexit until the end of next year rather than leave without a deal on October 31.
“I’m clear that my plan would be to leave on October 31. I want to leave with a deal but if I have to choose between no deal and no Brexit I would pick no deal,” Mr Javid told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show.
Upon insistence, he said: “That’s not something I would do, but we are a parliamentary democracy and what we’ve seen in the last few months is Parliament has taken on some extraordinary powers to initiate its own legislation so if it’s statute, if it’s the law, I would not break the law if I was prime minister, of course I would observe the law.”
The Cabinet minister also said he had been working with the Border Force to find an alternative arrangement to the controversial Irish backstop to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
He explained: “In my department at the moment I’ve got Border Force and we’ve done work for months on what an alternative to that arrangement could look like and what’s missing is that good will. What I would do is make a grand gesture to Ireland that we would cover all their costs – the upfront costs, the running costs – of a new digitised border”.
He went on saying; “I think it could be done in a couple of years but I think we could cover their costs.”