Saturday, 7 Dec 2019

Out of time! Boris Johnson’s allies say Remainers’ bid to block no deal Brexit has failed

With the October 31 deadline fast approaching, sources have insisted there is no time for Remainers to win a court ruling before Britain leaves the EU. The Prime Minister’s allies claim he is the only person who can stop Brexit now.

It comes after arch-Remainer Gina Miller threatened to take Mr Johnson to court to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

But No10 aides say she has not got time to go through with the legal battle.

A Downing Street source told the Sun: “All this huffing and puffing means nothing now that we have a Prime Minister who is determined to deliver Brexit.”

The Prime Minister has repeatedly promised to leave the EU on Halloween with or without a deal.

Michael Gove has told Government departments to “minimise legislation” in the Commons next month to stop Remainer MPs blocking Mr Johnson’s Brexit plans, the Mail on Sunday reported.

Theresa May’s Government previously insisted that five Bills on customs, immigration and trade needed to be passed before Brexit could happen.

But a new paper by Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg says a series of statutory instruments would be enough.

It comes as Mr Johnson has accepted an offer from Irish premier Leo Varadkar to meet for talks in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock.

A UK Government source told The Sunday Telegraph: “The UK has accepted Varadkar’s offer to meet and dates are being discussed.”

Meanwhile, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday warned a no deal Brexit would damage the UK more than the EU.

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The EU boss told the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper: “If it comes to a hard Brexit, that is in no one’s interest, but the British would be the big losers.

“They are acting as though that were not the case but it is.

“We are fully prepared even though some in Britain say we are not well set up for a ‘no deal’. But I am not taking part in these little summer games.”

Mr Johnson has demanded the EU drops the controversial Irish backstop from the Brexit deal.

But the bloc has insisted the withdrawal agreement, which includes the backstop, cannot be renegotiated and will only make changes to the political declaration on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

Mr Juncker added: “We have made clear that we are not prepared to hold new negotiations on the withdrawal agreement but only to make certain clarifications in the framework of the political declarations that regulate future relations between the UK and EU.

“We are well prepared for no deal and I hope the British are too.”

Meanwhile, Chancellor Sajid Javid is drawing up plans for millions of 50p Brexit coins to be minted in time for the UK’s departure from the EU.

Mr Javid has asked officials to look at whether it will be possible to produce the coins in volume ready for October 31, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

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