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UK NewsElection speculation mounts in Britain on eve of 'last chance' Brexit battle

20:15  02 september  2019
20:15  02 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Farage offers Johnson no-deal Brexit election pact

Farage offers Johnson no-deal Brexit election pact Nigel Farage has told Sky News his Brexit Party will stand down candidates against the Conservatives if Boris Johnson calls an election and backs a no-deal divorce with the EU. He offered the non-aggression pact while warning Boris Johnson would "die politically" if he fails to deliver Brexit on 31 October. It comes after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hosted a meeting of opposition MPs to discuss ways to block no-deal in parliament.

Amid mounting speculation about an election , Mr Johnson is due to hold an unscheduled cabinet meeting at 17.00 BST and will also speak to Conservative A No 10 spokesman said it was treating this week's Brexit votes as an issue of confidence, which traditionally trigger a general election if the

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Election speculation mounts in Britain on eve of 'last chance' Brexit battle © Reuters/Dylan Martinez FILE PHOTO: G7 summit in Biarritz

By Guy Faulconbridge, Elizabeth Piper and Kate Holton

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson was due to make a statement in Downing Street on Monday amid speculation he would call an election if parliament defeats him over a Brexit plan opponents fear could push the United Kingdom into a ruinous no-deal exit.

Johnson's promise to take the country out of the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without a divorce deal has propelled the United Kingdom towards a constitutional crisis and a battle with the 27 other members of the bloc.

An alliance of opposition lawmakers are plotting with rebels in Johnson's Conservative Party to take control of parliament and tie the government's hands with legislation that would block a no-deal exit. Johnson is due to speak at 1700 GMT.

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What is Brexit ? Brexit - British exit - refers to the UK leaving the EU. Brexit was due to happen on 29 March 2019. That was two years after then Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 - the formal process to leave - and kicked off negotiations.

Britain 's two main parties set the stage on Monday for a battle over a no-deal Brexit , hoping to win back voters who abandoned them for a new movement For Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pressure will mount to embrace a second referendum without qualification - something he has said would be

Just 24 hours until parliament returns on Tuesday from its summer break, Johnson's enforcers warned rebels that if they voted against the government they would be kicked out of his Conservative Party.

With little clarity on whether the deadlocked British parliament might be able to come up with a resolution to the three-year Brexit crisis, talk turned to a possible election.

"We want a general election," opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said, to oust Johnson's "phony, populist cabal".

He added: "We must come together to stop no deal - this week could be our last chance."

However, former Labour leader Tony Blair warned Corbyn, a veteran socialist, to avoid what he cast as an election "elephant trap" Johnson had laid for Labour.

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After the recent stunning general election , in which her governing Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority, Mrs. May faces pressure from both inside and outside the party to soften her plans to exit the bloc, a process known as Brexit , as talks are set to begin on Monday.

The immediate reaction was cautious from Brexit -supporting lawmakers in her own party and from the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party which props up her Lidington said that Britain and the EU had agreed an instrument to prevent the EU seeking to "trap" Britain in any backstop, work to replace

"Boris Johnson knows that if no-deal Brexit stands on its own as a proposition it might well fail, but if he mixes it up with the Corbyn question in a general election he could succeed despite a majority being against a no-deal Brexit because some may fear a Corbyn premiership more," Blair said.

Johnson held an impromptu cabinet meeting on Monday.

The Sun newspaper said Johnson was planning a snap election in five weeks' time - before Brexit - if lawmakers defeat him.

Election speculation mounts in Britain on eve of 'last chance' Brexit battle © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS Britain's Education Secretary Gavin Williamson speaks to the media next to the Houses of the Parliament in London Sterling dropped 1% to as low as $1.2046 - not far from its more than two-year low of $1.2015 touched in August.

ELECTION

Asked if the prime minister was planning an election, Johnson's spokesman said: "He has been asked this on many, many occasions and his answer has always been that he doesn't want there to be an election."

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Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). Following a referendum held on 23 June 2016 in which 51.9 percent of those voting supported leaving the EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would lead a minority government backed by a small Northern Irish party after she lost an election gamble days before the start of talks on “The last thing business leaders need is a parliament in paralysis, and the consequences for British businesses and

Election speculation mounts in Britain on eve of 'last chance' Brexit battle © Reuters/KEVIN COOMBS FILE PHOTO: Anti-Brexit protest in London

Betting odds indicate an October election is now favourite, Ladbrokes said, with a 75% implied probability of an election before the end of 2019.

The United Kingdom has held a variety of extraordinary votes in recent years. In 2014, Scots rejected independence in a referendum; in 2015, then-Prime Minister David Cameron won a surprise majority on a pledge to hold an EU referendum but lost the referendum the following year.

After winning the top job in the chaos following the referendum, then-Prime Minister Theresa May bet on a 2017 snap election but lost her majority. Johnson took over from May in July after she failed three times to get a Brexit divorce deal approved by parliament.

More than three years since the United Kingdom voted 52-48% to leave the European Union, it is still unclear on what terms, or indeed whether, Brexit will take place.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, on a visit to Ireland, said he would encourage both Ireland and the United Kingdom to work on Brexit issues based on the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement.

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We are going to hold Brexit vote, says May amid delay speculation – video. The mooted extension to the transition period is a new idea being put forward by the EU to help Theresa May square the circle created by the written agreement last December and the draft withdrawal agreement in March.

Brexit comes from merging the words " Britain " and "exit" and refers to the country's exit from the European Union. A soft Brexit means Britain will keep strong economic ties with the EU, with a hard Brexit meaning the UK leaves the single market entirely. What were the European Election results?

The issue of the post-Brexit border between EU member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland has been a key sticking point in the impasse.

PARLIAMENTARY CHESS

In the parliamentary chess game, the default position is that Britain will leave on Oct. 31 without a deal unless a divorce agreement is struck with the bloc and ratified by the British parliament or legislation is passed to delay or revoke the departure notice.

Election speculation mounts in Britain on eve of 'last chance' Brexit battle © Reuters/ANDREW YATES Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn attends a shadow cabinet meeting in Salford

Johnson, the face of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign, has cast rebels as EU "collaborators" who are undermining the government's negotiating hand in seeking a withdrawal agreement by blunting his threat of a no-deal Brexit.

Election speculation mounts in Britain on eve of 'last chance' Brexit battle © Reuters/DYLAN MARTINEZ G7 summit in Biarritz

"Their (the government's) strategy, to be honest, is to lose this week and then seek a general election," said David Gauke, a former justice minister who is one of the rebel Conservative lawmakers.

Election speculation mounts in Britain on eve of 'last chance' Brexit battle © Reuters/POOL British PM Boris Johnson is reflected in a mirror as he answers questions from children during education announcement inside Downing Street in London

Johnson has a working majority of just one seat in the 650-seat lower house of parliament and British media suggested about 20 Conservative lawmakers were prepared to rebel against him.

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The immediate reaction was cautious from Brexit -supporting lawmakers in her own party and from the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party which props up her Lidington said that Britain and the EU had agreed an instrument to prevent the EU seeking to "trap" Britain in any backstop, work to replace

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May risks the “total collapse” of her government if she fails to get her battered Brexit deal through parliament, the Sunday Times newspaper said, amid growing speculation that she might call an early election .

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the minister responsible for parliamentary business, said any wise party would prepare for an election and that any vote on rebel legislation would be considered a matter of confidence in the government.

"It is important for the government to establish the confidence of the House of Commons and this is essentially a confidence matter: Who should control the legislative agenda, Jeremy Corbyn or Boris Johnson?" Rees-Mogg said.

An election would open up three main options: a Brexit-supporting government under Johnson, a Labour government led by Corbyn or a hung parliament that could lead to a coalition or minority government of some kind.

After Johnson moved to suspend parliament ahead of Brexit, opponents of a no-deal exit are seeking to overturn his decision in the courts. Hearings are due on Sept. 3, Sept. 5 and Sept. 6.

Nick Boles, a former Conservative who now sits as an independent member of parliament, said the rebels would seek to force the government to ask the EU for a Brexit delay if it was unable to ratify a revised Withdrawal Agreement by a certain date in October.

(Graphic: Parliament's active sitting days link: https://graphics.reuters.com/BRITAIN-EU/0100B26X14M/BRITAIN-EU.jpg)

(Graphic: Length of EU treaty debates in the UK link: https://graphics.reuters.com/BRITAIN-EU/0100B26T14F/BRITAIN-EU.jpg)

(Graphic: Process of a no-confidence vote link: https://graphics.reuters.com/BRITAIN-EU/0100B25G11D/britain-eu-no-confidence.jpg)

(Graphic: Sterling positions link: https://graphics.reuters.com/BRITAIN-EU/010092G834N/index.html)

(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Janet Lawrence, Frances Kerry and Catherine Evans)

Brexit at an impasse: What comes next?.
After MPs rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's second bid to call an early election to solve the Brexit impasse, he is left in limbo heading towards a crucial EU summit next month, just days before Britain's scheduled exit. Here are some possible scenarios for the coming weeks: Brexit delay Britain will leave the European Union on October 31 unless it asks the bloc to delay, and the leaders of the other 27 member states agree. Johnson wants to keep this date, but many MPs fear his threat to leave without agreeing divorce terms with Brussels would cause huge disruption.

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