The Chancellor vowed that the Government would get the UK out of the EU by October 31 during an interview with ITV’s Robert Peston in his namesake political programme. Mr Javid said the Government was prepared to work flat out for the next week to ensure Brexit is done by the deadline previously set.
Speaking to Peston, Mr Javid said: “It is perfectly possible for Parliament to work hard by gesture legislation, vote on it, put forward any amendments they want, let Parliament consider that, and get it done.
“And do you know what? We’re still going to be trying to get this done by October 31.
“If that means we have to sit Friday, Saturday, Sunday – sit every hour of the day – that’s what we need to do to deliver on October 31 and not have any more dither and delay.”
The Chancellor’s comments came following a tumultuous weekend in which the Government saw its deal voted down by MPs in the first Parliamentary Saturday sitting since the Falklands War.
In rejecting Boris Johnson’s deal, MPs supported a motion tabled by MP Sir Oliver Letwin that “withholds approval” for the deal until legislation implementing it has been passed.
Mr Johnson’s defeat was marginal, with the Government losing by just 16 votes.
Following Saturday’s sitting, Mr Johnson was required by the Benn Act to send a letter to the EU requesting an extension to the Brexit date beyond October 31.
Despite sending the letter, Mr Johnson refused to sign it in a bid to block a Brexit delay.
Yesterday, in a second vote, the House of Commons approved Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal.
The Withdrawal Agreement Bill was given a second reading by 30 votes in what was a moment of triumph for the Prime Minister.
His triumph was short-lived, however, as MPs soon after rejected his attempt to ram the legislation through the Commons in just three days in a separate vote that came moments later.
Following the timetable defeat, Mr Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met to discuss a potential new timetable.
Downing Street’s hope that a new timetable could be agreed with Mr Corbyn so the UK can leave the EU before October 31 was soon dashed when the pair failed to agree.
A Tory source told The Daily Telegraph that Mr Corbyn “made clear he has no policy except more delays and to spend 2020 having referendums”.
The leaders met yesterday with their chief advisors, Dominic Cummings and Seamus Milne.
Labour had signalled it would support the deal if Parliament had more time to scrutinise it.
But, if European leaders suggested they would agree to a Brexit delay until January 31, Labour said it would back a snap general election.
Despite the failed meeting and a defeat over his timetable, Mr Johnson told EU leaders he would not accept a three-month delay to Brexit.
Diplomats from the EU27 have met and held discussions since and are likely to inform the Government whether they will grant the delay by Friday.