Morning Briefing:Opposition look to block Johnson bypassing anti-No Deal law
"Get Brexit Done": this is the message for the Conservative conference in Manchester this week. But, to the extent Boris Johnson's latest slogan means anything, "getting Brexit done" would only be the start of a decade or more of seemingly endless negotiations in which the UK would be in a weaker position than ever.
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Opposition look to block Johnson bypassing anti-No Deal law
No-one can trust Boris Johnson. As allegations about his character and behaviour start to rack up, speculation that he is planning to bypass the law that stops the UK from crashing out of the EU with a disastrous No Deal continues to grow.
Yesterday the prime minister told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that Britain can still leave the bloc on October 31 despite the passing of the Safeguard Act, which aims to prevent No Deal, by forcing him to ask Brussels for a delay. He also failed to deny holding talks with EU heads of government to request they block any request for a Brexit extension.
The Daily Telegraph’s reports that Opposition party leaders will meet today in Jeremy Corbyn's office to discuss how to ensure Johnson can't force the country over the cliff-edge. A growing number of MPs are arguing that a general election will be divisive without being decisive, and that a People's Vote is the best way to break the impasse.
The moves and counter moves come as the EU’s frustration with the lack of concrete proposals from the Johnson government, allied with the political chaos, is palpable. Politico reports that many EU diplomats are losing faith with the UK government.
As former Conservative Minister Justine Greening today writes: “It’s time he came clean on what his detailed plan is.”
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Industry leader warns that UK will be "mired in a swamp" with No Deal
CBI boss Dame Carolyn Fairbairn has claimed that businesses are unable to prepare fully for a destructive No Deal – and dismissed claims that they were wrong over “Project Fear’ warnings of the economic impact.
She said: “Businesses are just beyond disillusioned now with the political brinkmanship that is going on and the looming risk of No Deal. The exasperation and frustration is universal."
She continued: "The alternative of a No Deal is that we get mired in a swamp where we'll need hundreds of smaller deals that will begin from scratch with all of the arguments continuing endlessly.”
Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme this morning, she asserted that the industry lobbying group had a 50-year track record of accurate economic analysis and that its warnings over the impact on GDP, investment and job losses are correct.
Hammond raises concerns about Johnson's hedge-fund backers
Former Chancellor Philip Hammond has raised concerns that Boris Johnson is backed by financial speculators who are betting on a hard Brexit to make a fortune from a stricken UK.
First, the prime minister’s sister Rachel Johnson spoke about the prospect and then former Chancellor Philip Hammond wrote: “Boris Johnson asserts, ever more boldly, that we will leave the EU with or without a deal. But as his sister has reminded us, he is backed by speculators who have bet billions on a hard Brexit – and there is only one outcome that works for them: a crash-out no-deal Brexit that sends the currency tumbling and inflation soaring.”
His attack on hedge-fund backers was supported by former top senior Treasury civil servant Nick Macpherson who tweeted: “Mr Hammond is right to question the political connections of some of the hedge funds with a financial interest in no deal. They are shorting the £ and the country, with the British people the main loser.”
The Financial Conduct Authority declined to comment on Hammond’s claim. The FCA is responsible for regulating short-selling in the UK. This is the practice by which investors bet against a stock by borrowing its shares, selling them, and hoping to buy them back at a cheaper price.
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"Boris Johnson is in charge. Failure will be at his door, no one else’s. Offensive and incendiary language intended to distract parliament and Britain won’t distract from the reality that he and his government have produced no detailed plan whatsoever.
"A blizzard of spending commitments at this week’s conference won’t hide the fact that the Brexit homework’s late. It’s time for Johnson to hand it in to the British people, or admit he never did it in the first place. Surely Conservative activists in Manchester, alongside the rest of our country, deserve that, above all else."
Former Conservative minister Justine Greening demands that Boris Johnson reveal what his plans for Brexit really are - and questions if they exist.
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