Morning Briefing: New Johnson deal proposals unlikely to garner support
Following Boris Johnson's conference speech today, the Government is expected to publish full details of its Brexit proposals. Whether a deal eventually emerges, or we slide ever-closer to No Deal, it has never been more important to let your MP know what you think - and with our online tool, it takes just 30 seconds to send them a letter.
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New Johnson "two borders" plan unlikely to garner support
The Prime Minister’s latest plan seems to be “two borders for four years”, according to the Daily Telegraph, as he plans to pitch it to the EU with a “take it or leave it” message that is at odds with the Safeguard Act.
Few believe this is going to be acceptable to the Irish government and EU politicians who have continually insisted that the Good Friday Agreement is paramount.
Today Johnson will make his speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester and will undoubtedly get the usual standing ovations from the party faithful. And yesterday said there would need to be customs checks on the island of Ireland: a breach of a previous promise - given only weeks ago - and likely to infuriate the Irish government.
Senator Neale Richmond told the BBC’s Today programme this morning that the proposals are “extremely disappointing” and a big move from the Withdrawal Agreement. Many have interpreted the proposals as a deliberate attempt to ensure we crash out with No Deal and certainly they explicitly renege on firm commitments given by the UK government in the recent past and so risk being seen as a deliberate act of bad faith by European negotiators. But we are yet to hear any formal response so we cannot rule out further negotiations.
And so it is worth recalling why this would be a bad deal for everyone in the UK. It would erect huge barriers to trade between us and our biggest marketplace, would make it harder to stop criminals but easier for the government to abolish workplace rights and environmental protections and central to its aim is enabling a trade deal with Donald Trump and his 'America First' trade policies - including forcing chlorinated chicken and much more expensive drugs on British consumers.
There is some justifiable scepticism that Johnson is serious about trying to get a new deal with the EU as time slips towards October 31. Only a People’s Vote can resolve the crisis. It is time to Let Us Be Heard.
Nissan jobs in Sunderland at risk from No Deal
Nissan could tear up plans to build its Qashqai model in Sunderland if a destructive No Deal happens, putting 7,000 jobs at risk.
According to the FT, the Japanese carmaker promised in 2016 to build the new version of the SUV in Sunderland, after receiving assurances from Theresa May’s government that it would be protected from the impact of Brexit.
But with the company in the midst of savage global job cuts due to poor financial performance, executives will revisit the plan if the UK leaves the EU without a deal at the end of the month, according to sources who spoke to the Financial Times.
The Qashqai accounts for two-thirds of the 440,000 cars produced by Nissan in Sunderland each year, raising fears that the plant, which also makes the Juke and electric Leaf models, could close altogether.
Nissan is the latest in a long line of firms in the automotive sector to issue dire warnings about Brexit.
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“All the circus, sideshow and now serious questions over behaviour that surround Boris Johnson should not allow him to escape attention over the reality of his determination to force an undemocratic and destructive vision of Brexit on the country.
“He can say nothing coherent and credible on Ireland. He offers nothing to those worried about the supply of medicines and the price of fresh food. And he blithely ignores all the risks to our security that No Deal means."
Leading People's Vote supporter Dr Paul Williams MP warns that Boris Johnson's round of interviews yesterday showed that he can't be trusted.
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