A government source last night added: 'It is a question of where decisions are made. We had a vote in this country to take back control and we are not going back on that.' The Prime Minister today stresses he is seeking a simple free trade deal along the lines of the one negotiated between the EU and Canada. … [Read more...] about ‘I will NOT back down’: Boris Johnson defies EU fury at threat to ‘tear up’ Brexit divorce terms on Northern Ireland after Michel Barnier warns it would mean NO trade deal – but PM says that would still be a ‘good outcome’ for the UK
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Writing on the BrexitCentral website, Johnson took aim at Hunt, who referred to 31 October as a “fake deadline”, before later admitting he should have described his rival’s commitment to leave on that date as a “fake promise”. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: I’ll make UK ‘match fit’ for no-deal Brexit
Downing Street says it is the last chance to clarify the situation in law before the end of the year. Some Tories believe the timing of the move is part of a broader tactic designed to put pressure on the EU to cut a deal now or risk the UK acting independently in even more areas. … [Read more...] about Cabinet minister admits Boris Johnson’s plans to tear up Brexit divorce deal WILL break international law as top Government lawyer quits hours before talks restart and Theresa May warns UK will ‘no longer be trusted’
Beyond Britain’s economic self-interest, there is a further reason why the UK needs to remain in the EU. It’s about the future of the very idea of the west itself, of western values and their wider contribution to the future of the international order. For centuries, Europe and the US have been the joint custodians of the western tradition – Judeo-Christianity, the Enlightenment and the political, economic and social freedoms of the current century. These in turn have helped shape many of the international norms underpinning the current order. However, the US’s future commitment to the very idea of the west, and western values in foreign policy terms, is now the subject of fundamental debate within the US body politic. It may prove to be a temporary, Trumpian aberration. But we would be foolish not to identify a new isolationism emerging. … [Read more...] about Think the Commonwealth can save Brexit Britain? That’s utter delusion
Defeat this week will present Mrs May with some extremely unappetising choices. Whichever way she turns, she will be obliged to swallow a 10-course meal of her previous rhetoric. In the event that her deal goes down a second time, MPs have been promised a vote the next day on whether they are prepared to allow Britain to leave on 29 March without an agreement. If that vote takes place, it is pretty certain that there will be a Commons majority for rejecting no-deal. MPs have already said no to no-deal in a symbolic vote at the end of January. There is only a small minority in parliament, the most fanatical wing of the Brextremists, who positively yearn to go off the cliff edge without a parachute. There will be a majority to stop it, whether or not the government’s business managers try to whip Tory MPs. I say this because at least some Conservative MPs retain a residual instinct for self-preservation. They have contemplated the consequences of a calamitous Brexit and are very … [Read more...] about Brexit is heading towards extra time. The question then is: to what purpose?