'No-deal' Brexit dealt blow by United Kingdom parliament

Clay Curtis
July 20, 2019

'It will be described as a technical delay to save Boris from political embarrassment but then we will have time to find an agreement, ' one senior European Union diplomat told The Guardian.

The pro-EU Hammond has made no secret of the fact that he expects to be sacked by whoever wins in retaliation for his opposition to a no-deal Brexit and criticism of their spending plans.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has discounted the possibility of suspending Parliament - known as prorogation - if he becomes prime minister, but his rival in the Conservative Party leadership race, Boris Johnson, has refused to do the same.

The European Union is preparing to offer the next British prime minister - nearly certain to be Boris Johnson - a Brexit extension beyond Oct 31 to provide yet another attempt to reach an agreement, The Guardian has reported, citing unidentified EU officials.

The Office of Budget Responsibility warned this week that a no-deal Brexit would require an additional £30bn in government borrowing.

Speaking to Le Monde and Suddeutsche Zeitung, he said: "I will take steps to avoid an exit without agreement apart from an explicit parliamentary approval".

"I don't think we will get there actually, and I'm pretty certain, as a Conservative, that I would be very, very, very cautious about ever doing that".

The meeting comes after MPs voted on Thursday to prevent the next prime minister from suspending Parliament in order to push through a no-deal Brexit. Their working majority is so slim that 17 of their own MPs voting against the government will worry the incoming administration.

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"He is going to do a great job", the Republican president added.

He and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt are the final two candidates, with the victor announced on 23 July and taking office the next day.

Barnier, who spoke to the BBC before the current Conservative Party leadership contest, said the Withdrawal Agreement "is the only way to leave the European Union in an orderly manner".

"Why would we have another extension?"

Yet the reported approach will worry hard Brexiters in Westminster who want to leave on 31 October no matter the cost.

The favourite to become the next prime minister also promised a cross-party effort to address the crisis in funding social care, saying people should not be forced to sell their homes to pay for the support they need.

'We need to pre-empt that moment and create a platform for re-engagement on the day the United Kingdom leaves which might be used once the dust has settled.

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