British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that under no circumstances would ask the European Union to delay “Brexit.” Parliament intends in the coming days to pass a law forcing Johnson to ask for a delay.
“Under no circumstances will I ask the EU for a delay. We will leave the EU on October 31 at all costs,” Johnson said.
Johnson urged Parliament not to stick him in the wheel. He said his tough stance would help to get the EU to a Treaty that would satisfy London, including Parliament.
Before the Prime Minister’s announced speech, many expected the Prime Minister to announce snap elections that would further complicate the situation. However, Boris Johnson said he did not want to call an early election.
The House of Commons returns from vacation on Tuesday, September 3, and Johnson’s opposition MPs plan to pass a law in the coming days obliging him to ask the EU to postpone leaving the EU, presumably until January 31.
“I don’t think they will. I hope they don’t go for it. But if they do — they just literally cut the legs of Britain in negotiations with the EU and make any further negotiations impossible,” Johnson said.
Johnson’s official position is to get the European Union to redraw the draft agreement on Britain’s withdrawal — a draft that most MPs, including Johnson himself, rejected three times this spring.
If the EU does not agree, the new Prime Minister threatens to withdraw Britain without an agreement — and it will be a serious shock to the economy of both sides.
According to Johnson, the threat of hard “Brexit “is the best way to get concessions from the European Union, but his critics believe that the Prime Minister is playing with fire, as hard “Brexit” is disadvantageous primarily to the UK itself.
At the same time, according to Johnson, while EU leaders hope that the House of Commons will be able to torpedo the plans of hard “Brexit,” they see no reason to give in.
EU representatives, however, have repeatedly stated that the Johnson government has simply not yet offered any EU – friendly alternatives to the main stumbling block in the agreement-the “Irish backstop,” that is, guarantees of the absence of customs control and the physical border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Before Johnson’s speech, many political observers, guided by leaks from Downing Street, assumed that the Prime Minister would declare his readiness to call an early election.
Johnson said: “I do not want an election, and you do not want an election.”