British PM Johnson to meet Ireland's Varadkar over Brexit

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2019

Many expect a vote of no-confidence to be triggered when Parliament returns in September amid increasing fears Mr Johnson is planning to leave the European Union without a deal at the end of October. The mail also read that serious work needed to be done between now and October 31.

"I would very much prefer to leave with a deal but I recognize this may not happen", the letter said, according to Sky news.

The Telegraph said it was hoped a meeting between Johnson and Varadkar could take place before the G7 summit in France later in August. This has led to speculation that snap elections could be in the offing. The email, however, said that the weekends could be spent as they wished.

Corbyn asked Sedwill to confirm that, if Britain is scheduled to exit the EU during a general election campaign, then Johnson's government must seek an extension to [the EU Treaty's] article 50 - after which time an incoming administration would be allowed to take a decision on Brexit.

But former Labour MP turned Lib Dem Chuka Umunna claimed a "substantial minority" of Labour MPs would not support their own party leader being prime minister.

"The problem there is with the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn taking up the role of leading an emergency government is he can not command a majority among his own MPs, never mind others like Conservative rebels who would refuse to give him confidence", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

McDonnell tweeted after Umunna's comments that the Lib Dems appeared willing to risk no deal rather than back Labour.

In response, Mr McDonnell tweeted: "Umunna [is] making it clear that he's putting his personal animosity towards Jeremy Corbyn and Labour before the interests of the country".

But parliament, which has so far failed to ratify any deal to leave the European Union, has repeatedly voted against a no-deal Brexit, setting up a likely battle with the government when lawmakers return from their summer break in September.

If Mr Johnson is defeated in a no-confidence motion he would have 14 days, under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, to win another vote of confidence or, if no other government could be formed, face a general election.

Other reports by iNewsToday