Bulldog Brexiteer Boris Insists 'NO DELAY' to Brexit

Sunday, 06 Oct, 2019

Joanna Cherry QC explained: "Like much of what Boris Johnson says, there is a gulf of truth between the obvious facts of the matter and what he and his Government have been saying".

Mr Maugham told the PA news agency the Prime Minister's submission said "he would send the letter mandated by the Benn Act" and would not "frustrate" attempts to get an extension.

The legal action - led by businessman Vince Dale, SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC and Jolyon Maugham QC - is asking the court to require Johnson to seek an extension to avoid leaving the European Union without a deal.

The Times noted that Barnier opposed "the lack of detail and the ability of the Northern Ireland Assembly to veto the deal", meaning that suggestions from London that changes could still be made to their text were "meaningless".

LABOUR MP Hillary Benn was the man behind a law urging an extension to the Article 50 process if Boris does not get a deal - hence the "Benn Act" - once again folks its Labour trying to keep Britain tied to the EU.

Boris Johnson will send a letter to the European Union asking for a Brexit delay if no deal is agreed by 19 October, according to government papers submitted to a Scottish court. The Queen is not going to fire the prime minister.

He added: 'That's the best thing that could possibly happen.

"I think British politics is so unpredictable right now, that we can't rely even on the law in Britain in this context", he told RTE on Friday.

Johnsons plan would leave the North, which is part of the United Kingdom, inside the EUs single market for goods, while taking the province (along with the rest of the UK) outside the EUs customs union.

"If Boris Johnson tries to defy the law and defy both the Holyrood and Westminster parliaments by crashing out of the European Union without a deal - then we are calling on the Scottish courts to uphold the law".

Leo Varadkar has said he believes a Brexit deal is still possible, but that the PM's current proposals do not "form the basis for deeper negotiations".

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit co-ordinator, said the new proposals were a "repackaging of bad ideas that have already been floated" and "nearly impossible" to implement.

Barnier´s team on Friday met Johnson´s diplomatic "sherpa" David Frost in Brussels for talks that wrapped up later in the day.

Much of what happens in the three-year saga now depends on whether Brussels agrees to open formal talks on the brand new Brexit plan Johnson unveiled Wednesday.

Speaking at a Fine Gael fundraising dinner in Dublin, Mr Varadkar refused to be drawn on setting an absolute deadline for Mr Johnson, but said that next Friday was "reasonable" before adding that an extra 24 or 48 hours could be found if needed. Brussels' Brexit Steering Group (BSG) were less than impressed, writing in a draft statement on Thursday that the proposals "do not represent a basis for an agreement to which the parliament could give consent by the end of the month". The plan would involve customs checks that would supposedly take place within the Republic of Ireland and so theoretically avoid a hard border.