UK PM Johnson says most important trade deal is with the EU

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

Johnson says Britain will leave the European Union on October 31, with or without a divorce deal.

At a preliminary hearing, Judge Lord Raymond Doherty agreed to expedite the timetable for the legal challenge to take place, setting the date for the substantive hearing as Friday September 6.

More than half of the British public believes Boris Johnson should suspend Parliament in order to push through Brexit, according to a new poll.

English courts do not sit in August.

Johnson has drawn criticism for pledging to leave with or without a trade agreement with the EU.

The Institute for Government (IFG) said MPs may have limited opportunities to stop a no-deal break and that, even if Mr Johnson loses a confidence vote, he may still try to plough on regardless.

Anti Brexit demonstrators outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

"That is simply not going to happen", he said.

It revealed that 44% agree that Mr Johnson "needs to deliver Brexit by any means, including suspending Parliament if necessary, in order to prevent MPs from stopping it".

"It's great progress to have a full hearing in September before the Prime Minister can consider closing down parliament to force through a no deal Brexit".

More than 70 parliamentarians argue that sending lawmakers home before the scheduled October 31 Brexit date would be "unlawful and unconstitutional".

Brexit opponents say a no-deal divorce would bring disruption at borders and cause significant economic damage, tipping Britain into a recession.

On Monday, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said the United States would enthusiastically support a no-deal Brexit if that was what the British government made a decision to do and would seek to work fast on a free trade agreement. A bid to force parliament to have a final say on whether Britain could trigger Article 50, the official departure notice from the European Union, was backed by the UK's Supreme Court in 2017.

A challenge brought by the same group of anti-Brexit politicians a year ago saw the European Court of Justice rule the United Kingdom can cancel Brexit without the permission of the other 27 EU members.

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