Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2019

Brexit news: EU loses faith in Boris after Supreme Court ruling | UK | News

Diplomats and officials believe the decision to rule the Prime Minister’s suspension of Parliament unlawful creates fresh questions whether the UK will quit the EU on October 31. They believe a fresh injection of chaos in Westminster will only add to the growing levels of uncertainty over whether a deal can actually be reached. EU capitals shuddered with fear after the 11 justices unanimously ruled that the Prime Minister’s decision was “void” and as a result Parliament had not been suspended.

European sources suggest they now believe the Brexit process will be further drawn out with a further delay to the UK’s departure.

An EU diplomat familiar with the talks said: “This doesn’t matter. Seeing as Brexit was always about the sovereignty of Parliament it has always bewildered us that the Government wanted to suspend it.

“Let’s be honest the UK has not been able to settle this question with or without Parliament. Does that change now?

“Parliament has over and over said what it doesn’t like but not what it does like.

“That may sound harsh but it reflects how bleak we are about the process right now.”

Technical talks to replace the controversial Northern Ireland backstop in Brussels have hit a stumbling block.

EU officials believe Downing Street appears to be rowing back on a previous offer to agree an all-Ireland agri-food zone in the hope of avoiding checks on the border.

The plan was seen as the potential basis for new negotiations but Mr Johnson’s refusal to fully align Northern Ireland to the EU’s agri-food rules could scupper any hope of a deal.

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Leaders believe that Mr Johnson is only seeking to “manage the border” instead of his predecessor Theresa May’s pledge to maintain a “frictionless border”.

“Leo Varadkar will have to sign up to a deal that implies he is agreeing to a new border in Ireland,” a source said.

“If he does then other European leaders will go along with it. But can he do that? Is that what Johnson expects him to concede?”

Ahead of a meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr Varadkar said he expected the UK to honour “certain guarantees”, such as the previous commitment to avoid a hard border.

France’s Emmanuel Macron is concerned that Brexit is standing in the way of his attempt to deliver a significant package of EU reforms.

EU leaders are unlikely to reject an Article 50 extension but understand that any further delay will hinder the bloc’s decision-making powers.

“What if the UK starts putting spanners in the works and blocking all of our decisions?” A European source asked.

They suggested the remaining member states could limp on with talks for its next seven-year budget, but admitted discussions would be clouded by a British presence.

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