Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2019

Boris ready to break law to deliver Brexit by Oct 31 as he vows to defy MPs’ demands | Politics | News


Boris Johnson was dealt blow after blow this week when MPs berated him for going to the Queen and proroguing Parliament, voted for taking control of the House of Commons, voted for delaying Brexit, which was today passed as legislation through the House of Lords. And after is own brother Jo Johnson quit as a minister, and then his sister called the Prime Minister “outnumbered”, Mr Johnson arranged to visit the Queen at Balmoral Castle at the last minute later today. But despite the horrendous week for Mr Johnson drawing to an end, he has given Brexiteers a glimmer of hope and vowed to refuse to delay Brexit after today’s law was passed by Peers.

This came about yesterday, when he was asked if he would seek an extension if ordered to by the Lords.

He said: “I will not. I don’t want a delay.”

When asked if he would resign, he added he would rather be “dead in a ditch”.

His remarks have led many to speculate whether he will again involve the Queen in a dramatic fashion again to finally stop Remainers attempting to destroy Brexit and the prospect of a no deal.

Moments ago however, Mr Johnson just got a major Brexit breakthrough.

EU negotiators have “reluctantly” conceded they will listen next week to British plans to scrap the controversial Northern Ireland backstop during crunch talks.

Brussels has agreed to examine tweaks to the backstop in the coming weeks after “preliminary ideas” were put on the table by Britain.

Boris Johnson’s chief negotiator put plans to his European counterparts for a measure to only carry out animal and plant health checks in order to break the bitter Brexit deadlock.

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David Frost discussed with members of Michel Barnier’s team the need to ensure any regulatory changes to EU animal and plant health rules must be agreed first by key parties and institutions in Northern Ireland.

Referring to the new called sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks, an EU source said: “The UK presented its first sketch of some ideas on all-island SPS and a Stormont role.”

In an attempt to ensure the region isn’t cut off from the rest of Great Britain, the Prime Minister wants to create an all-island food standards zone to help prevent customs checks after Brexit.

An EU diplomat said: “The Commission has entertained the UK putting on the agenda the involvement of Stormont in the development of an SPS-zone arrangement as part of the backstop.”

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The source added that while no actual proposals were discussed, handing Northern Ireland politicians a role on the “negotiating team was.

“After this week, the appetite to entertain and elaborate on such proposals in the EU is limited given the reality in London and the limited ambitions of its Government for the future relationship,” they added.

But amid fears from his parliamentary allies in the DUP, Mr Johnson wants to ensure politicians in Northern Ireland have a say on any future changes.



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