News | Published August 30 2019

Johnson recognises it is time for both sides "to step up the tempo"

It has been announced that Brexit negotiators from the UK will meet with their EU colleagues bi-weekly prior to the summit on 17 October , two weeks before to the date Britain is currently expected to leave the European Union.

This announcement follows the reaction of MPs across the country to the announcement that prime minster Boris Johnson will be suspending parliament for five weeks between September and October.

The EU have disclosed that they expect the UK to present them with “concrete proposals” and have stated they are wiling to work with Johnson “24/7 throughout this long process".

Johnson, on the other hand, has remained firm that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October , "no ifs, no buts". This could lead to the UK crashing out of the EU.

Under Theresa May’s government, attempts to reach a deal were blocked by MPs three times.

The decision to prorogue government has been considered by critics as an indication of Johnson’s attempts to prevent opposition to Brexit, however, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leader of the House of Commons, has dismissed this as a “candyfloss of outrage”.

Johnson has stated that at present he is “encouraged” by the words of EU leaders, but that he recognises it is "now time for both sides to step up the tempo".

There are currently two active attempts to block Johnson’s proroguing of parliament, however, Scottish judge Lord Doherty has ruled that he can suspend parliament at the present moment.

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
August 30 2019

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