Published On: Tue, Aug 27th, 2019

Brexit news: Boris Johnson to send SECRET WEAPON to Brussels ahead of clash with EU | Politics | News

David Frost will meet senior European Union officials in an attempt to thrash out alternatives to the agreement struck with former Prime Minister Theresa May. As Britain prepares to leave the EU in 65 days on October 31, talks have been ramped up following Boris Johnson’s visits to meet Angela Merkel in Berlin and Emmanuel Macron in Paris last week.

The Prime Minister has told EU leaders that MPs don’t have the power to block a no deal Brexit, and has also continued his refusal to rule out suspending Parliament.

Jeremy Corbyn will meet with other opposition leaders tomorrow in his latest bid to stop a no deal departure on October 31, with Mr Johnson urging MPs to “do the right thing” and honour the result of the referendum in June 2016.

But Mr Johnson said: “I think that it’s the job of everybody in parliament to get this thing done, I think it’s what the people want, I also think it’s what our friends and partners on the other side of the Channel want.

“They want this thing done, they want it over. They regard Brexit now as an encumbrance.”

The Prime Minister wants the EU to scrap the current Irish backstop proposal in Mrs May’s deal, something they have so far refused to do.

But he thinks that is unlikely if Brussels believes MPs would otherwise delay Brexit again beyond October 31 or completely block the UK’s departure from the EU.

Speaking at the close of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on Sunday, Mr Johnson insisted he is “marginally optimistic” about the prospect of an improved agreement being struck with the EU.

He added: “I think that our German friends and our French friends have certainly listened very carefully to what we have had to say. It all depends on how seriously they wish to get a deal.”


8.05am update: Duncan Smith criticises Archbishop of Canterbury for no deal public meetings 

The Archbishop of Canterbury has been criticised by former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith after it was reported he would chair public meetings aimed at avoiding a no deal Brexit.

Leading Parliamentary figures opposed to the UK leaving the EU without an agreement in place are due o meet later today, with The Times reporting Most Rev Justin Welby was in talks to chair subsequent citizens’ assemblies at Coventry Cathedral next month.

Mr Duncan Smith told the newspaper: “I generally don’t criticise the archbishop but he shouldn’t allow himself to be tempted into what is essentially a very political issue right now.”

8am update: Corbyn issues fresh warning to Johnson over no deal Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted Labour will do “everything necessary” to stop a no deal Brexit as he prepares to meet opposition leaders to find a way to challenge Boris Johnson over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Writing in the Independent, he said: “The battle to stop no-deal Brexit isn’t a struggle between those who want to leave the EU and those who want continued membership.

“It’s a battle of the many against the few who are hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth towards those at the top.

“That’s why the Labour Party will do everything necessary to stop a no-deal bankers’ Brexit.”

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