Brexit on Oct 31 a 'priority' for British government: Queen

Clay Curtis
October 15, 2019

She added the Government wants a new partnership with the European Union that is based on free trade.

No telephone conversations are now scheduled this week between Boris Johnson and European leaders in the lead up to the European Council meeting, said the PM's spokesman.

She added: "We've been breathing dirty air for far too long in the United Kingdom, so it's critical that clear deadlines are set, to protect all our health as quickly as possible". Signs of progress were seen in negotiations last week, but a Brexit summit on Thursday and a legislative deadline Saturday loom over renewed talks this week.

After weeks of gloom, the last few days have given a glimmer of hope that an agreement can be reached but there has so far been no decisive breakthrough.

"There is still a lot of work to do", he said.

Britain's Brexit advisor David Frost, right, and British Ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow arrive at EU headquarters for a technical meeting on Brexit in Brussels on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

Mr Johnson now does not have a working majority to push through Brexit, which was voted for in a 2016 referendum.

Then, the Queen arrived in a auto rather than her carriage - there was too little time to rehearse the horses because Trooping the Colour had taken place four days earlier.

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It was time to leave the European Union and seize new opportunities, "to tear away that bureaucratic red tape, to set our own rules, and to release the talent, creativity, innovation and chutzpah that exists in every corner of our kingdom".

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously criticised the decision to involve the Queen in the debate, claiming that the monarch has been used in order to support the aims of the Conservative cabinet.

Mr Javid tweeted: "On 6th November I'll deliver Britain's first Budget after Brexit and set out our plan to shape the economy and deliver our infrastructure revolution".

Labour has dismissed the decision to hold the speech before the Government goes to the country as a "cynical stunt" meant to lay the ground for an election.

Johnson says he wants an exit deal with the European Union to allow an orderly departure on October 31 but that if one is not possible he will lead the United Kingdom out of the club it joined in 1973 without a deal, though a law demands he delay.

Brexit may have Britain's political system in turmoil, but the State Opening of Parliament Monday provided a return to reassuring rituals dating back centuries.

An EU diplomat familiar with the talks said there would likely need to be a three-month extension to Brexit to turn the proposals into a legally binding deal.

The court's finding was at times scathing of the Prime Minister's actions in proroguing parliament, but did not explicitly accuse Mr Johnson of deliberately misleading the Queen. That convention has now been superseded by the 2011 Fixed Term Parliaments.

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