The head of the government promised to leave the EU on October 31 with or without a negotiated agreement with the Twenty-Seven.
Boris Johnson has long agitated the specter of “no deal”, the prospect of a Brexit without agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union, as an argument of negotiations with the Twenty-Seven, but also with Westminster. But Saturday, November 2, the party of the Prime Minister changes course by dismissing this scenario. Indeed, the “no deal” does not appear in the program of conservatives for the early elections on December 12, reports the Times (link in English, for subscribers.)
The head of the government promised to leave the EU on October 31 with or without a negotiated agreement with the Twenty-Seven, before having to request a postponement to January 31 by virtue of a law, the “Benn Act”, adopted in early September.
From now on, the goal of the Tories is to bring to an end the compromise reached last month by Boris Johnson on the one hand and the Europeans on the other. “If you vote for the Conservative Party in the next election, you vote to leave the EU with this agreement”, said Culture Minister Nicky Morgan in an interview with Times, stating that the “no-deal” was no longer “on the table”.
The prospect of a dry break with the rest of the continent is worrying business circles in the UK, who fear potentially catastrophic repercussions for the country. Conversely, the supporters of a hard Brexit see this as an opportunity to get rid of the EU rules at once.
Now excluding a “no deal”, Boris Johnson rejects any alliance with the Brexit Party Nigel Farage, which continues to argue for a divorce not negotiated.
The polls for now give the Conservatives a comfortable lead in voting intentions, but divisions within the pro-Brexit electorate could cost them dearly and favor Jeremy Corbyn's Labor.