UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Opposition statements about the possibility of transferring control of the Brexit process to parliament are misleading to the EU and do not allow Brussels to negotiate acceptable conditions for leaving the union for London, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
Johnson previously suggested that EU leaders amend the text of the agreement, removing the provisions on the border with Ireland from it, which did not arouse enthusiasm in Brussels. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave Britain 30 days to prepare new proposals for Brexit.
At the same time, Johnson, with the approval of the queen, suspended the work of parliament until October 14, which, if a new deal is not agreed and accepted, puts the country at risk of leaving the EU on October 31 without an agreement. Opposition parties, annoyed by Johnson’s steps, said they would pass laws to prevent Brexit without a deal and transfer control of the process to parliament’s hand in the days remaining before the suspension of parliament.
“I’m afraid that most of our friends and partners (in Europe) think that Brexit can be stopped and that Britain can be ruled by parliament. All this reduces the likelihood of getting the terms of the deal that we need,” Johnson told British reporters.
According to him, the negotiation process on the final version of the agreement with the EU “is in full swing.”
Parliament will begin work on September 3, after which the work will stop, as stated in the Queen’s letter, for a period of “not earlier than Monday September 9 and until October 14”.
Johnson’s decision to suspend the work of parliament caused a flurry of criticism both in political circles and among ordinary citizens. According to a YouGov poll, only 27% of Britons support Johnson’s decision.
At the moment, the situation around Brexit is at an impasse: the UK should leave the EU by October 31, the country’s parliament is opposed to the agreement with the EU in its current form, but it is categorically opposed to Brexit without an agreement. The EU refuses to resume negotiations and revise the agreement. Johnson recently said that he was ready for negotiations with the EU to last until the very last moment, until October 31.
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