Officials and diplomats believe the Benn Act has handed them more time to negotiate as the pressures of a no deal Brexit have been eliminated. EU leaders have backed down in their opposition to a third extension to the Article 50 exit clause, and will simply grant a delay to avoid no deal. They will even consider accepting an approach from Sir Mark Sedwill, the UK’s most senior civil servant, if Mr Johnson refuses to table the request. “The proposal is fundamentally flawed," a senior European Union official said. “If it's 'take it or leave it', we better close the book and start talking about the modalities of an extension," the official added. European sources have revealed that no leaders – not even France’s Emmanuel Macron – have reached the point where they would veto a Brexit delay to kick the UK out. Top officials believe the bloc will happily grant an extension to January 31, which has been demanded by MPs. Leaders could also give their … [Read more...] about Brexit delay inevitable: Brussels seizes on Surrender Act to keep UK shackled to EU
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “encouraged by the progress we are making” and the chances of a Brexit deal “are rising”. He added it would “hold us back” if Brussels believed MPs would back a “pointless delay” to Brexit. Boris Johnson warned that MPs would “chop the legs out” from the UK position if they backed a Brexit extension and stressed there were “no circumstances” in which he would personally seek a delay. The Prime Minister insisted “I don’t want an election” as he urged MPs not to back a Brexit delay. Details of ‘last chance’ Bill to block no-deal Brexit revealed Speaking on the steps of 10 Downing Street he said: “Five weeks ago I spoke to you on these steps and said this Government was not going to hang around and we would not wait until Brexit Day – October 31 – to deliver on the priorities of the British people. “I’m proud to say … [Read more...] about Johnson insists he does not want election as he urges MPs not to delay Brexit
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told the House of Commons that in the case of a no-deal Brexit: "We would of course have available the £39bn in the withdrawal agreement to help deal with any consequences."He was referring to the UK's "divorce bill" from the European Union (EU).Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn asked Mr Johnson if he would "acknowledge that the £39bn is now £33bn".Mr Corbyn is right - the latest estimate from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) says that, as a result of the delay to the Brexit date, a chunk of the money has already been paid, and that the current bill would be about £33bn.What is the "divorce bill"?This is the money the UK agreed to pay the EU after leaving. Officially it is called the financial settlement (unofficially, the "divorce bill") and was negotiated as part of Mrs May's withdrawal agreement.The withdrawal agreement was the deal that would have seen the UK leave the EU on 29 March, and then enter a transition period until … [Read more...] about Brexit: Does the UK owe the EU £39bn?
LONDON (Reuters) - British Brexit minister David Davis heads to Brussels on Monday to open divorce talks with the EU with a message that there should be "no doubt — we are leaving the European Union". Days after a suggestion from French President Emmanuel Macron that Britain could still choose to remain, Davis said there would be no backtracking from Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to deliver on Brexit, for which Britons voted in a referendum almost a year ago. "As I head to Brussels to open official talks to leave the EU, there should be no doubt — we are leaving the European Union, and delivering on that historic referendum result," Davis said in a statement. "Leaving gives us the opportunity to forge a bright new future for the UK — one where we are free to control our borders, pass our own laws and do what independent sovereign countries do." May, under pressure after losing her ruling Conservatives' majority in a botched snap election and over her … [Read more...] about ‘No doubt’ over Britain leaving EU: Brexit minister Davis
No matter the outcome of Wednesday’s vote and efforts to put contingency plans in place, the risk of a chaotic, unplanned Brexit cannot be ruled out. To postpone the March 29 deadline, all remaining 27 EU members would have to agree, and many want a clear indication of what exactly an extension would achieve — and how long it would last. The British Parliament was prepared to vote Thursday on whether to pursue an extension. … [Read more...] about Britain explores next steps for Brexit as lawmakers reject leaving EU without a deal