The new Prime Minister promised that his country would have left the EU, whether or not he managed to renegotiate the agreement reached with European leaders.
It's official. Boris Johnson announced this Sunday having ordered for October 31 the repeal of the British law that allowed the United Kingdom to join the European Union. This is the expected date of Brexit, which has already been postponed twice.
"This is a clear signal to the citizens of this country: we will leave the EU as promised on 31 October whatever the circumstances," said Steve Barclay, Minister responsible for Brexit, in a statement. "This is a historic moment of regaining control over our laws in relation to Brussels".
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Boris Johnson wants to put pressure on the EU to obtain a new agreement by waving the threat, more and more imminent, of a Brexit without agreement while Brussels refuses so far to reopen the negotiations.
"Our country is on the brink of an economic crisis"
He will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday. Then he will be from August 24 to 26 in Biarritz for the G7 summit where he will meet with US President Donald Trump, with whom he hopes to conclude an ambitious free trade agreement after Brexit.
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The announcement follows the publication Sunday of a letter in which more than 100 British parliamentarians call Boris Johnson to immediately summon Parliament, currently on vacation, to sit permanently until 31 October.
"Our country is on the brink of an economic crisis as we move towards a Brexit without agreement," write those parliamentarians who want to prevent such a scenario. "We are in front of a national emergency, and Parliament must be summoned immediately".
A motion of censure against Boris Johnson
Members are expected to return to Parliament on September 3rd. Labor opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn plans to pass a no-confidence motion against Boris Johnson, whose government has only a one-vote majority.
If the motion succeeds, Jeremy Corbyn hopes to become acting head of government, to get a new postponement of the date of the departure of the EU to avoid a Brexit without agreement, and then call early elections.
"What we need is a government that is ready to negotiate with the European Union so that we do not have a disastrous exit on October 31," said Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday.
Towards a food shortage?
In the case of Brexit without an agreement, The Sunday Times revealed on Sunday that the UK would likely face a shortage of food, gas and medicine, blockages in ports or a return of physical border between the two Ireland.
The paper is based on a leaked government report. "The documents present the most likely consequences of a Brexit without agreement and not the worst scenarios," he said.
This was refuted by Michael Gove, the right arm of the government, ensuring on Twitter that these documents described "the worst case scenario" and that "very significant measures have been taken in the last three weeks to accelerate preparations for Brexit".