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Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson says he'd go to prison for Brexit

A Kent MP says he would be prepared to go to jail if it would help ensure that the government got Brexit through.

Under the so-called Benn Act, the government is required to ask for a three-month extension to negotiations if no deal is agreed before October 19.

Kent MP says he'd break the law and go to prison for Brexit

Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson said that if delivering Brexit depended on the government circumventing the Act, he would - if Prime Minister - be prepared to break the law.

“The law is only worthwhile with the support of the majority of people.That is why, in our unwritten constitution, it is the government that introduces Acts of Parliament and the government is elected or removed on the basis of what it has introduced.”

“However, if I was Prime Minister - and I don’t speak for the Prime Minister - I would willingly ignore that law and if necessary go to jail, because the British people voted to leave the EU and that was three years ago and now we have got to deliver and if that means we have to break the law then we will do so.”

Asked if he believed the deal put forward by the Prime Minister would be supported by the EU, he said: “That is the big problem; if they don't it will show they are not interested in coming to a compromise and they believe Parliament will stop us from leaving the EU.”

Talks between government officials and EU negotiators aimed at breaking the gridlock over Brexit are set to resume on Monday.

Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson
Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson

Papers submitted to a Scottish court, released last week appeared to indicate that the PM would comply with legislation passed by Parliament.

However, Boris Johnson has reiterated that the UK will leave by October 31.

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