The EU will not renegotiate Brexit deal, Juncker tells Johnson – the Guardian
- Jean-Claude Juncker, has told Boris Johnson that the bloc’s member nations will not give in to his demand to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
- On Thursday, Juncker – in his first telephone call with Johnson since he took over as British prime minister – called the existing deal “the best and only agreement possible”.
- Juncker said the EU would analyse any ideas put forward by the UK, provided they were compatible with the withdrawal agreement, spokeswoman Mina Andreeva tweeted in a readout of the phone call.
- Johnson had insisted that the UK would leave “no ifs or buts” on 31 October in his speech on the steps of Downing Street.
- In Barnier’s note following “the appointment of Boris Johnson as PM and his speech today”, he informed EU member states that he would not engage in talks with the British government over binning the backstop, an arrangement designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland under any circumstances.
Johnson’s Brexit gamble puts the country at risk – The FT
- Vanquishing political foes often requires adopting some of their policies. The strategy of Britain’s new premier Boris Johnson goes further: to turn the Tories into the Brexit party. His cabinet purge was no mere reshuffle, but the formation of a hardline pro-Leave government.
- “People who bet against Britain,” he proclaims, “will lose their shirts.” He has not backed away from the hardline Brexit stance of his leadership campaign but doubled down. He will not rework Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement but do a “new deal”.
- The verbal bravado is backed with actions designed to display intent. His new cabinet, while alarmingly low-calibre, projects a unity of purpose and ideological purity. Appointing Dominic Cummings as an adviser brings in an abrasive freethinker ready to knock heads together to accelerate no-deal preparations.
No-deal Brexit ‘not seriously damaging’, says new Scottish secretary – The BBC
- Alister Jack said there would be “some bumps along the way”, but said the UK could do “great things” after Brexit. He has taken over as Scottish Secretary after David Mundell was sacked by Boris Johnson, the new prime minister.
- First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said a no-deal Brexit would be “catastrophic” and would cost thousands of jobs.
- She wrote to Mr Johnson saying it was “essential” that Scotland have an “alternative option”, and wants to hold a new independence referendum in the second half of 2020.
- Mr Jack said this should “absolutely not” happen, saying that “we decided that in 2014”.
- Mr Jack’s position runs directly against that of Ms Sturgeon – and of Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, who penned a joint letter with his Scottish counterpart urging Mr Johnson to rule out a no-deal exit.