Boris Johnson has thrown down the gauntlet to MPs, telling them to either back any deal he brings back from Brussels – or admit they are trying to stop Brexit. At the start of a defining week in politics, the Prime Minister told his Cabinet in a conference call there was still a 'long way to go' to hammer out an agreement. But in a reference to his breakthrough meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Merseyside last week, he added: 'Where there's a Wirral, there is a way.' Negotiators are working around the clock in Brussels to agree the basis of a deal by tomorrow so it can be signed off by EU leaders at a summit starting Thursday. Boris Johnson told his Cabinet there is a 'long way to go' despite a breakthrough meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Merseyside last week RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EU's Michel Barnier pours cold water on hopes of new deal by... Jacob Rees-Mogg admits he might have to 'eat his words' to... Share this article … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson tells MPs ‘back me or admit you’re trying to thwart Brexit’: Prime Minister lays down gauntlet at start of crucial week as clock ticks down to Brussels summit
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Yes, Brexit has divided the British people. But if there is one proposition for which there appears to be a comfortable majority, it is to get the thing done. This is because there are millions who voted Remain in the 2016 referendum, but who accept that notwithstanding their disappointment it is long past time to move on and honour the result. This could be seen in a ComRes poll over the weekend, which showed only 37 per cent of those asked in favour of a second ‘in or out of the EU’ referendum. Boris Johnson is pictured with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during their Brexit talks in Birkenhead last week This was actually smaller than the proportion — 39 per cent — who said they were prepared to support a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, despite ‘the economic hit that would bring’. Yet, as of last Wednesday, the odds on a deal — satisfactory both to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish opposite number Leo Varadkar … [Read more...] about DOMINIC LAWSON: Of course they won’t admit it, but European leaders want to see Brexit done – and fast
Even by the dramatic standards of Brexit, next week is shaping up to be a key one in deciding how, when and if the UK leaves the EU. It has also reintroduced some slightly confusing jargon. What is ‘the tunnel’? This is a Brussels-coined term for intensified Brexit negotiations intended to take place between small teams from the UK and EU, insulated as far as possible from the pressures of leaks and media scrutiny. The talks involve only senior negotiators, with no documents, media briefings, or anything else that could be used to derail the process. The tunnel-phase discussions, centring on proposals made by Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, on Thursday, have been given the OK by ambassadors representing the EU member states, sources said. Have we been in the tunnel before? Yes. A year ago, after Theresa May was humiliated when her initial Brexit proposals were publicly rejected at a summit in Salzburg, the EU’s deputy chief negotiator, Sabine … [Read more...] about Entering ‘the tunnel’: what does it mean for the Brexit talks?
But shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman said that a referendum might be the most 'pragmatic' move because of the chaos engulfing politics Jeremy Corbyn is facing increasing pressure to back a second Brexit referendum before a general election today after a another of his senior shadow ministers broke ranks. The Labour leader continues to insist that a second plebiscite can only take place after the nation goes to the polls to elect a new government, which he believes he can win. But shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman said that a referendum might be the most 'pragmatic' move because of the chaos engulfing politics. She told the BBC's Westminster Hour: 'If we were in control of everything and we could have it mapped out the way we want then yes we would like a general election then yes we would like to have a referendum in the way we've described at conference. 'But we're not in control of all of this and if there is an opportunity to have another referendum it may be that … [Read more...] about More Labour Brexit chaos as Jeremy Corbyn faces massive pressure to back referendum BEFORE an election
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Michel Barnier dramatically upped the stakes in the Brexit end game today as he set a midnight deadline for the EU and UK to have agreed a divorce deal. Downing Street has refused to sign up to the proposed cut-off point for a legal text to have been finalised as it said Britain would continue to work to get a deal done 'as soon as possible'. Mr Barnier believes a blueprint must be agreed by close of play this evening if there is to be any chance of a deal being signed off by European leaders at a crunch EU summit on Thursday and Friday. If no accord can be struck within the next 48 hours then the focus of that summit in Brussels - the final one scheduled before the October 31 divorce date - will shift to whether to offer the UK a delay. Below are all of the answers to all of the key questions as Brexit enters its most volatile phase yet. When does Michel Barnier believe a … [Read more...] about Will the UK meet Michel Barnier’s midnight Brexit deal deadline? And what will happen if no agreement has been hammered out before a crunch EU summit starts on Thursday?