Senior aides told the Sunday Times the Prime Minister is prepared to “squat” in 10 Downing Street even if he loses a no-confidence vote in his government.
And they claimed he will also try to stay if he’s found in contempt of court for trying to force through a no-deal Brexit on October 31.
A “senior figure” told the newspaper: “Unless the police turn up at the doors of 10 Downing Street with a warrant for the Prime Minister’s arrest, he won’t be leaving.”
The last time a monarch sacked the Prime Minister was under William IV in 1834.
But a senior Cabinet minister told the Sunday Times they were confident this won’t happen if the PM breaks convention and tries to stay
. Instead, they claimed, the monarch would dissolve Parliament and call a general election – which is exactly what Boris Johnson wants.
If true, the acts of defiance would plunge Britain into a constitutional crisis as Mr Johnson insists Brexit will happen on Halloween – despite a law commanding he ask for a delay.
The Prime Minister unveiled a new Brexit plan last week for “two borders” in Northern Ireland. But with EU figures sceptical, the focus could now shift within days to no-deal.
Under the ‘Benn Act’, passed by MPs last month, Boris Johnson must ask EU leaders for a three-month delay on October 19 if he fails to get a deal.
Court papers on Friday finally confirmed he would comply. Yet the Prime Minister then personally intervened to say: “New deal or no deal – but no delay.”
Now there are reports he will send the letter but try to “sabotage” the EU at the same time, by vetoing its 2021-27 budget or sending a renegade British commissioner like Nigel Farage to Brussels.
Critics say trying to get round the law could leave the PM in contempt of court. Meanwhile, defying the will of MPs could lead to a vote of no-confidence from Parliament.
It comes days after a source told the “i” newspaper columnist Ian Birrell the Queen had, “for the first time in her reign, sought advice on sacking a Prime Minister”.
Today Boris Johnson insisted Britain will pack its bags and walk out at the end of the month, but admitted Europe may not “cheerily wave us off” with a deal.
Describing his blueprint for an agreement as a “practical compromise that gives ground where necessary”, he said it represents the UK “jumping to the island in the middle of the river”.
Writing in the Sun on Sunday , he added: “If we’re to leave with a deal, we now need the EU to jump over from its side and join us there, showing its own willingness to do a deal that the UK Parliament can support.”
But the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier poured scorn on the chances of the new proposal succeeding.
Mr Barnier told an event in Paris: “If they do not change, I do not believe, on the basis of the mandate I have been given by the EU27, that we can advance.”
In comments reported by The Observer, he repeated the EU’s claim that a no-deal outcome would “never be Europe’s choice” in an attempt to shift the blame.
Mr Barnier said “it would always be the UK’s choice, not ours”.
The PM, meanwhile, described Jeremy Corbyn as a “serial wannabe Brexit-wrecker”, but said he has been encouraged to discover not all MPs are “so recalcitrant” in backing the proposal.
“MPs from every wing of my own Conservative Party, from Northern Ireland’s DUP, even from Jeremy Corbyn’s own ranks, have said that our proposed deal looks like one they can get behind,” Mr Johnson said.
“Where the previous Withdrawal Agreement, backstop and all, drove an almighty wedge through the heart of Parliament, I have heard positive noises from across the House.”
He said it will be more likely for the EU to accept Britain’s “outstretched hand” and make that “leap on to the island” if he is armed with a set of proposals MPs support.
He added: “So I say to our European friends: grasp the opportunity that our new proposal provides. Join us at the negotiating table in a spirit of compromise and co-operation. And let’s make Brexit work for both sides.
“We are leaving in 25 days. We can do it with a deal if the EU is willing. But they should be under no illusions or misapprehensions. There will be no more dither.
“No more delay. On October 31 we are going to get Brexit done.”
Irish premier Leo Varadkar gave a glimmer of hope to Mr Johnson as he said a deal could be secured in the next two weeks, but he cautioned the current proposals do not form the basis for “deeper negotiations”.