Trump, Johnson discuss Brexit, economic issues in call

Andrew Cummings
August 20, 2019

His own officials, however, have warned that with a no-deal Brexit, the sharing of law enforcement data and the health of Britain's crucial financial services industry could be in jeopardy after October 31.

The letter was published ahead of talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron later this week. That puts Britain on course for an unmanaged exit, which an official assessment published by the Sunday Times said would jam ports, increase the risk of public protests and severely disrupt the world's fifth-largest economy.

In his first foreign trip as prime minister, Johnson will meet Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday and Macron in Paris on Thursday.

The United Kingdom is heading towards a constitutional crisis at home and a showdown with the European Union as Johnson has repeatedly vowed to leave the bloc on October 31 without a deal unless it agrees to renegotiate the Brexit divorce. Michael Gove, the minister in charge of Brexit preparations, said on Sunday this was out-of-date information based on "worst-case planning".

Davis highlighted how, for example, Hammond had blocked attempts to provide small businesses with information on how to adapt to new customs arrangements if Britain left the European Union customs regime as long ago as March 2018 - "So it is a bit rich for the former Chancellor to complain that the United Kingdom is not ready for No Deal when his own department actively prevented preparation" - but added that, "Of course, this was not the only way in which the Treasury - and the Bank of England - acted to undermine our negotiating position".

Lawmakers are already fretting that they do not have enough time to stop a no-deal Brexit, and they have yet to agree on a unified approach, which badly damages their chances of success.

Davis warned, in particular, against any temptation Tory Remainers may feel to take hard-left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn up on his offer to block Brexit if they back a takeover by him as a "caretaker" prime minister.

Parliament is not due to sit until September 3 when it will reconvene for a short session before breaking up again to allow for annual party conferences. He would commit to give regular updates, the source said. McDonnell, the opposition Labour Party's, second most powerful man, said that the looming crisis demanded parliament's summer break must be brought to an early end.

In his text, Johnson focused on the so-called "backstop", which says the United Kingdom must stay in the EU's customs union until it finds a mutually acceptable way to maintain an open border between the two Irelands as well as fulfilling third-country customs obligations.

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