Most people don't want a no-deal Brexit, poll reveals

Cheryl Sanders
August 18, 2019

According to the Times, they predict the need to restore a "hard border" with limited, controlled crossing points in Ireland, which could cause protests and block roads.

British media reported on Saturday the Prime Minister Boris Johnson would use his trips to France and Germany this week to tell European leaders that British parliament can not stop Brexit, and urge them to agree to restart negotiations within to avoid a no-deal exit on October 31.

The government said it had "rightly" sought not to incur additional costs for no-deal contingency planning ahead of the initial March 29 Brexit deadline, but that it had since pushed ahead in numerous aspects since then.

"We have dealt with all issues relating to the flow of goods, foodstuffs, waste, medicines and the flow of people and vehicles across the frontier", Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said in a Gibraltar government statement.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks outside 10 Downing Street in London in July.

"We face a national emergency, and parliament must be recalled now in August and sit permanently until 31 October, so that the voices of the people can be heard, and that there can be proper scrutiny of your government".

The document said logjams could affect fuel distribution, while up to 85 per cent of trucks using the main ports to continental Europe might not be ready for French customs.

The government's talking points were further muddled by comments made by Michael Gove, the minister in charge of coordinating a no-deal Brexit.

Boris Johnson will tell Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron that there must be a new Brexit deal when he makes his first trip overseas as Prime Minister.

"But I do want to be clear about one thing: Being out of the European Union, especially falling out without a Withdrawal Agreement, is not a bed of roses and there will be some disruption".

Spokeswoman Lisa Chambers said: "This leaked document merely backs up all of the warnings that Ireland has been outlining about the fallout from a No-Deal Brexit".

The EU struck a withdrawal agreement with Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, but it was rejected three times by Britain's parliament.

"The plan I set out this week is the simplest and most democratic way to stop no-deal".

Last week, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn set out his plan to stop Johnson from leading the country into what many fear could be a catastrophic no-deal Brexit.

British government officials were quick to dismiss the report's sobering prophesies - but apparently didn't think it worthwhile to compare notes before issuing their rebuttals.

"The government is reckless in the way it's been pushing forward with no-deal planning in this way".

The Sunday Telegraph can reveal that Stephen Barclay, the Brexit Secretary, has now signed the "commencement order" that will trigger the end of the supremacy of European Union law in the United Kingdom on Hallowe'en, in a major moment on the path to the country's exit.

More than 100 MPs have written to Johnson to urge him to reconvene and let them sit permanently until October 31.

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