This week promises to be a turbulent time in the U.K.’s Brexit saga; Prime Minister Boris Johnson, elected just 5 weeks ago by Conservative Party members has vowed the UK will leave the EU by the deadline of 31 October ‘with or without a deal’.
The ‘deal’ is the Withdrawal Agreement’ negotiated with the European Union by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May, which was voted down by Parliament no less than three times and which pledged a ‘leaving fee’ of £39 billion.
However, Parliament resumes after Summer recess tomorrow, 3rd September and a cross-party group of MP’s (Members of Parliament) have tabled a motion for creating legislation designed to block the UK leaving with no deal.
The motion also contains the caveat that the UK must request a further delay for leaving the EU until 31 January 2020.
Number 10 Downing Street has mooted that those Conservative MP’s who vote for the legislation will be deselected, meaning they cannot stand in the next General Election.
The Brexit vote in 2016 has bitterly divided the voting public and MP’s, despite the majority of the UK voting to leave the EU.
President Trump has welcomed Boris Johnson’s view on leaving the EU ‘with or without a deal’ and both have agreed that it provides opportunities for successful trade deals between the US and the UK.
After emergency discussions in No. 10 earlier today, tonight, Mr. Johnson issued a public statement outside Downing Street, declaring “There are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay. We’re leaving on the 31st of October no if’s or but’s”.
He added, “ I don’t want an election, you don’t want an election”
In response to the possibility that the proposed legislation to block the UK leaving the EU with no deal on 31 October succeeds tomorrow, Downing Street has confirmed the government will table a motion to trigger an early General Election.
It is expected that should this happen the snap General Election would take place on 14 October.
All eyes on Westminster this week.
Porter Medium will be reporting further as this story develops.