Boris defiant as queen outlaws no-deal Brexit

Boris defiant as queen outlaws no-deal Brexit
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.- AFP

London - Parliament was also likely to reject Johnson's call on Monday for a snap general election.



By Reuters

Published: Mon 9 Sep 2019, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 10 Sep 2019, 1:24 AM

A bill demanding that Prime Minister Boris Johnson delay Britain's withdrawal from the EU on October 31 if he cannot get a divorce deal became law on Monday but his office insisted that Brexit would happen by that date, "no ifs and buts".
Parliament was also likely to reject Johnson's call on Monday for a snap general election, which he is seeking in order to break a deadlock over Brexit that has intensified since he took office in July pledging to get on with the departure.
"The prime minister is very clear that he will take this country out of the EU on October 31st no ifs or buts, he will not sanction any more pointless delays," Johnson's office said after the bill became law.
Johnson was due to suspend parliament for over a month from Monday after it votes on his latest demand for a snap election. Johnson had set up the suspension - called a prorogation - last month in what opponents cast as an attempt to sideline lawmakers over Brexit.
The departure from the EU, the United Kingdom's most significant geopolitical move in decades, remains in question more than three years since the 2016 referendum, with possible outcomes ranging from a no-deal exit to abandoning the whole endeavour.
BlackRock, a US investment firm that manages $6.8 trillion of assets, said a no-deal Brexit or a referendum had become more plausible. An alliance of opposition lawmakers and rebels from Johnson's own Conservative Party passed the bill that became law on Monday having received the assent of Queen Elizabeth, ordering the prime minister to delay Brexit to 2020 unless he gets a deal.


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