Parliament can stop a no-deal Brexit - the words of Britain's former finance minister Philip Hammond Wednesday (July 14).
That as fears grow among lawmakers Prime Minister Boris Johnson will try to bypass or suspend parliament to force through a disorderly Brexit.
Speaking to the BBC, Hammond criticised Johnson's demand to remove the Irish border backstop in negotiations with the EU.
And warned unelected advisers around Johnson wanted no-deal on October 31st.
(SOUNDBITE) FORMER BRITISH FINANCE MINISTER, PHILIP HAMMOND, SAYING:
"Pivoting to say the backstop has to go in its entirety, a huge chunk of the withdrawal agreement just scrapped, is effectively a wrecking tactic. The people behind this know that that means there will be no-deal."
No-deal has at least one supporter in U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton.
He said a partial trade deal between the UK and U.S. could take effect on November 1st - a day after Britain is due to leave the EU.
The Prime Minister talked up the apparent opportunities.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING:
"In my experience, the Americans are very tough negotiators indeed and we will do a great deal with them and it will open up opportunities for UK businesses, particularly services companies in the U.S. But yes, it will be a tough old haggle but we'll get there."
As the Brexit debate drags on, data released Wednesday showed Britain's inflation rate unexpectedly overshot the Bank of England's 2% target, raising the cost of living even before sterling's recent slide had a chance to feed into prices.
Britain's Office of National Statistics said it's too soon to identify weaker sterling as the main factor behind July's rise in inflation.
Though that may be of little comfort for British consumers as Brexit uncertainty grows.