Boris Johnson eyes general election after pausing Brexit Bill

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to push for a general election if the European Union (EU) offers a three-month extension to the 31 October Brexit deadline, after MPs rejected his fast-track timetable for the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill in the UK Parliament.
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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

Brexit re-negotiations: British PM May gets frosty welcome in Brussels

Brussels: British Prime Minister Theresa May reopened talks with the European Union leaders on the Brexit agreement today and was bracing for a clash with senior EU officials during a day of divorce negotiations. May was welcomed by European Commission… Continue Reading