A significant number of Conservative MPs will stop the new prime minister from causing ‘economic mayhem’ and ‘breaking up the UK’ as a result of a no-deal Brexit.

Former leadership contender Sam Gyimah, said there are more than 30 MPs in the party who will use ‘legislative methods’ to block a no-deal scenario.

Mr Gyimah told Sky News that he had always voted against no deal and would continue to do so, and it was not just him but ‘a lot of MPs on the Conservative side’ who supported his stance.

When pushed on exactly how many MPs, Mr Gyimah replied: ‘About 30, 30 plus.

‘What they will be looking to do, is stop the new prime minister from proroguing parliament, in order to deliver no deal, but also create options for the new prime minister, so that no deal is not the only option we face on the 31 October.’

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Prorogation is a process whereby a parliamentary session is ended, and would deny MPs any legislative recourse to stop a no-deal exit.

Mr Gyimah said there were a number of legislative mechanisms being looked at to stop no-deal.

He added that there was a real concern that no-deal was not in the interests of the country and it was about ‘staving off economic mayhem’, which most people are concerned about.

Mr Gyimah also said a no-deal scenario threatened the union of the UK.

‘English Tories imposing on the Scots the policy they least like and that causes them harm, is the most likely way for us to have a second successful Scottish independence referendum.

‘No-deal could break up the country and also harm our economy’.

He added that the truly patriotic thing to do was ‘not to play to Nigel Farage’s tune’, but to find a better way forward.

Later, Mr Gymiah ruled out voting against the Government in a confidence motion.

He said: ‘I have been very explicit about that. That is not something I intend to do.

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Labour’s shadow international development secretary Barry Gardiner earlier said that the party will call a no-confidence motion when it looked likely it will pass, but said conversations were ongoing.

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He added: ‘We will call a no-confidence vote when we believe that those Conservative Members of Parliament who have said they would support a no-confidence motion in the Government in order to stop a no-deal are likely to support it.’

Pressed on whether it could happen in the autumn, the Labour frontbencher said: ‘I don’t know, because I can’t read the minds of those Conservative MPs who have said they are prepared to do this.’

Dominic Raab also told Sky News today that he thought it was ‘unlikely’ Boris Johnson would call a general election.

He was asked if he thought Boris Johnson would call a general election in the autumn, if he were to become leader, to ‘try and change the numbers’ and help him push his Brexit proposals through.

Mr Raab replied: ‘I don’t think so, I think it’s unlikely.’

He added: ‘The reality is, leaving the EU is set as the default mechanism in legislation by the end of October, I think it is much more difficult than people are suggesting to try and overturn that, that is the will of Parliament reflected as the default position in law.’