BoJo to prepone elections, despite rejection from MPs

The government hopes an election would break the political impasse, but the main opposition party Labour, which dislikes Johnson’s Brexit deal, will not back an election until the prime minister’s threat of leaving the EU with no deal at all is removed. Continue Reading

BoJo adamant on Brexit deadline

Johnson has reluctantly sent European Council President Donald Tusk a letter legally imposed on him by parliament requesting an extension — but refused to sign it. The Conservative leader sent a second, signed letter insisting he was not seeking an extension to the Brexit deadline, which has already been postponed twice, warning that “a further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners. Continue Reading

Brexit: Britain, EU enter make-or-break week

EU leaders will then meet on Thursday and Friday for a summit held under the pressures of the 31 October Brexit deadline just two weeks away. Diplomats see little hope that the sides can achieve in a few days what they had failed to in the more than three years since Britons first voted to leave the bloc after nearly 50 years. Continue Reading

No breakthrough as EU’s Tusk, BoJo meet in New York

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated a call for “flexibility” from the EU in Brexit talks during a meeting with Council President Donald Tusk in New York on Monday that failed to yield a breakthrough. Johnson and Tusk met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly as Britain races towards its 31 October departure without an exit agreement and the prospect of economic disruption. Continue Reading

Boris Johnson loses major vote on Brexit

With 21 of Johnson’s own party MPs voting against the government, the prospect of the bill to block a no-deal Brexit clearing today became more of a reality and the likelihood of a snap general election also in play by around 14 October. If the vote today also goes against Johnson, he will be tied down by Parliament to seek until at least 31 January 2020, to finalise a so-called divorce bill. Continue Reading