The Government’s revised Brexit plan is expected to be sent to Brussels just hour after he delivers his keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Wednesday afternoon. Boris Johnson has admitted he will know by the end of the week whether he has turned heads at the European Union, who have been hugely sceptical over whether he is prepared to make the compromises they are demanding. Crucially, he will publish his alternative to the Irish backstop, an arrangement agreed between his predecessor Theresa May and the bloc that is hated by Tory Brexiteers.
On Friday and Saturday, he will embark on a last-gasp tour of Europe, meeting EU negotiators and Government heads in a desperate attempt to sell his proposed deal to them.
But a rejection of his plans by the EU would almost certainly see the UK spiralling towards a no deal Brexit, as Mr Johnson has continued to insist the country will leave the bloc on October 31 - with or without a deal.
Remainer MPs are demanding the Prime Minister abide by the Benn Act, which would force him to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit at a crucial EU summit in Brussels on October 19 if no deal has passed through Parliament before then.
However Mr Peston has revealed the upper hand the Prime Minister would have over rebel Remainers should it come to that sticking point.
Brexit news: Robert Peston has revealed the key advantage Boris Johnson holds over rebel Remainers (Image: GETTY)
Brexit news: The Prime Minister is refusing to ask for a delay beyond October 31 (Image: REUTERS)
No one can fault Johnson’s ambition, and even those closest to him know it probably won’t work. But he has one under-estimated advantage over MPs who want to force him to ask the EU to delay Brexit again
He said: “Johnson wants EU negotiators and leaders to rip up two years of work on a Brexit deal for a plan he’s concocted in two months, and he wants them to be so excited by and grateful for his inspirational solutions that they will do him the favour of embracing them and then standing should to shoulder with him to sell them to sceptical MPs.
“No one can fault Johnson’s ambition, and even those closest to him know it probably won’t work.
“But he has one under-estimated advantage over MPs who want to force him to ask the EU to delay Brexit again.
“MPs who seek the delay cannot tell EU leaders what the delay would achieve, because as yet they have not coalesced around any plan – an election, a referendum, some practical alternative Brexit proposal – that would be certain to determine whether the UK is actually leaving the EU or not.”
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Brexit news: Boris Johnson may have an upper hand over those trying to block the UK's departure this month (Image: GETTY)