Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Still time to avoid no deal Brexit ‘chaos’

An anti Brexit protester flies a flag of Europe and a British flag outside British Parliament in London 24 July 2019 An anti Brexit protester flies a flag of Europe and a British flag outside British Parliament in London 24 July 2019. AAP
Deanna Wagner | 12 August, 2019, 18:29

A leaked strategy document reveals that Mr Johnson's opponents believe they can thwart his plans to push through a no-deal Brexit and compel him to hold an election with Britain still in the European Union.

Critics say he's deliberately spoiling for a fight with Brussels so he can crash out of the EU.

Some lawmakers are looking at ways to try to stop any move to take Britain out of the European Union without a deal, including bringing a motion of no confidence against Johnson's government, which has a majority of one, when parliament reconvenes in September.

A senior government source said the date for a parliamentary battle was expected to be 9 September - a week after MPs return from their summer break.

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a rally calling for a general election in London, Britain July 25,2019.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday that he had instructed the Home Office and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to develop a fast-track visa system to be launched later this year created to attract "elite" science, engineering and technology specialists.

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Meanwhile, former secretary of state for environment, food, and rural affairs, Michael Gove, has said there will be a government support fund to help British businesses in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

"We very much want a deal but we're also clear about what needs to be achieved in order to secure that".

It follows reports that if Mr Johnson is defeated in a vote of confidence when MPs return to Westminster in September, he will seek to delay polling until after October 31, by which time the United Kingdom will be out of the EU.

"[The prime minister] wants to achieve a deal but if we can not achieve a deal then it needs to be as orderly a Brexit as possible - that is why the work of government at the moment is focused hugely on that effort".

Mr Buckland stood by previous comments a no-deal Brexit would be "chaos", and said the choice is now between "an orderly Brexit and a disorderly Brexit".

Buckland added: "there is a difference between crashing out and not achieving a deal", and said ongoing work would "avoid the chaos of a crash-out".