Published: Tue, August 06, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

No basis for 'meaningful' UK Brexit talks — European Union officials

No basis for 'meaningful' UK Brexit talks — European Union officials

"There were votes in Parliament just before we rose for summer that I thought would stop a no-deal Brexit and actually were defeated", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

It came after Mr Cummings was reported to have told aides that the premier will simply refuse to quit if he loses a confidence vote when the Commons returns in September.

Johnson's control of parliament is fragile.

The comments, which indicate a further ratcheting up of the new government's rhetoric on no deal, began when the spokesman was asked whether it now appeared to be too late for the United Kingdom to depart with a new agreement.

"You nearly have to pinch yourself to remember that this is the Government's own assessment of the implications of Boris Johnson's stated No Deal Brexit policy", he tweeted. There are no ifs or buts.

But a majority of British lawmakers voted against leaving with no deal in a non-binding parliamentary vote in March, including some from Johnson's own Conservative Party.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Barclay said the "political realities" had changed since Barnier's instructions were set after Britain voted to leave the European Union more than three years ago and that his mandate should reflect those differences.

"I often wonder if some of the people who quote the Good Friday Agreement have actually read it, and the Good Friday Agreement is very explicit that the sovereign government, the United Kingdom government must be rigorously impartial in how it administers Northern Ireland and we all need to respect the fact that the aspirations of both unionist people and nationalist people are equal". That isn't a discussion I've had with anybody other than the people who keep asking me about it in the media.

Ashworth also said that a no-deal Brexit would be disastrous for the NHS, particularly with the winter months coming after the October 31 Brexit deadline.

"But if we can't get a good deal, we'll have to leave without one".

Then the government could ensure that the general election took place in November after the United Kingdom had left on a no deal Brexit basis.

The spokesman similarly declined to say whether a Johnson government had a general policy of abiding by votes of parliament, saying: "What I'm doing is not engaging in some hypothetical game you're trying to pull me into".

The Irish government did not immediately respond to requests for comment. I can not personally see Corbyn triggering a vote of no confidence in the knowledge that the House of Commons is plotting to replace both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

Ms Foster accused him of "project fear mark two" over raising the prospect of a united Ireland if no deal is reached on the UK leaving the EU.

The PM sent his top Europe adviser David Frost to Brussels to deliver his message that the United Kingdom will be leaving on October 31 "whatever the circumstances".

"With 92 days until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union it's vital that we intensify our planning to ensure we are ready", said Javid.

Yesterday's announcement comes after Mr Johnson promised to reduce GP waiting times in his first speech as PM last month.

Supporters of Brexit say that while there would be some short-term difficulties, the disruption of a no-deal Brexit has been overplayed and that in the long-term, the United Kingdom would thrive if it left the European Union.

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