No Deal a Certainty Either Now or After Election
No Deal a Certainty Either Now or After Election by Victoria Friedman for Breitbart
A Number 10 source has said that even if there is a delay or a general election, there will be a no-deal, clean-break Brexit.
The source told The Spectator in a statement — believed to have been written by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior advisor Dominic Cummings — that negotiations with the EU are going to collapse this week.
Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Johnson sent an alternative deal to EU leaders which removes the Irish backstop. The Downing Street insider said that Ireland and Germany are most likely to block the deal. He added: “Those who think [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel will help us are deluded.”
Just this morning, a Downing Street source said the German chancellor had indicated that a Brexit deal is “overwhelmingly unlikely”. They said the message was that the UK could not come out of the EU “without leaving Northern Ireland behind in a customs union and in full alignment forever”.
The Spectator source said that Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, “wants to gamble on a second referendum” and is “encouraging Barnier to stick to the line that the UK cannot leave the EU without leaving Northern Ireland behind”.
“If this deal dies in the next few days, then it won’t be revived,” the source stated. He also explained that Number 10 is taking legal advice on getting around the Benn Act which forces the prime minister to ask for a Brexit extension to stop a clean break.
An extension of Article 50 can only be approved unanimously by the EU-27, and the source made clear that supporting a delay would be viewed as “hostile interference in domestic politics”. Those countries that reject an extension “will go the front of the queue for future cooperation” post-Brexit, while those “who support delay will go to the bottom of the queue”.
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