Boris Johnson criticises European Union lack of cooperation on Brexit deal

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2019

An accidentally-leaked government memo has revealed "a lot of uncertainty" about the UK's ability to safeguard its fishing waters in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

Lord Jonathan Sumpton, a former Supreme Court Judge, said last week that Prime Minister Johnson was legally entitled to ignore a vote of no confidence and call an election even after a no-deal Brexit.

The likelihood of a no-deal Brexit has increased significantly since Boris Johnson was appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with Ireland's Minister for Fiance Paschal Donohoe recently saying that it is a "very credible and material risk now".

With time running out, the IFG report said there was less scope for MPs to make their voices heard than there was under Theresa May in the run- up to the previous 29 March deadline.

Government control of Commons business means it would be hard for MPs to repeat the process that led to a law being passed in March that required the then Prime Minister to seek an extension, according to the IFG.

A no-deal Brexit would hurt Britain more than the rest of Europe, outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in remarks published on Saturday.

He said when no-deal is "staring MPs in the face" many would "get behind" an emergency administration.

While Speaker John Bercow has said ministers should respect the opinion of the House, the Leader of the Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has suggested the Government need not pay attention to "mere motions".

Deploying the "nuclear option" - a vote of no confidence - would probably not block a no-deal exit either.

Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, if the Prime Minister loses he would have 14 days to win another confidence vote or for an alternative government to be formed.

The poll also revealed that Britons are becoming increasingly convinced that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on the planned exit date, with 61 per cent believing that Mr Johnson will make good on his promise, up from 53 per cent two weeks ago.

The report acknowledged such a tactic may be possible although highly contentious and potentially open to legal challenge.

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