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World Boris Johnson can't celebrate his Brexit win for long

02:20  18 october  2019
02:20  18 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Brexit divorce talks between UK and EU go down to the wire

  Brexit divorce talks between UK and EU go down to the wire LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Cabinet colleagues that it will require a "significant amount of work" to strike a Brexit deal with the European Union, amid signs of progress in last-minute talks but also deep-seated skepticism about the chances of an agreement. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Britain is due to leave the 28-nation bloc on Oct. 31, and attempts to find a deal have foundered over plans for keeping an open border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.

As Boris Johnson travels back to London from Brussels after proving the doubters wrong, Britain's leader has good reason to feel upbeat. Now, he faces what will likely be two of the most painful days of his career back in London.

Boris Johnson has three days in which to persuade the European council to sign off a new draft withdrawal agreement Not long after Johnson spoke to Juncker, swiftly followed by a meeting of his closest Brexit cabinet allies; he Can Johnson pass his Brexit deal through the House of Commons?

Boris Johnson has taken the first step up his Brexit mountain. If he's careless, he could be buried in under an avalanche.

Boris Johnson holding a sign: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses a news conference in Brussels on October 17, 2019.© JOHN THYS/AFP/AFP via Getty Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses a news conference in Brussels on October 17, 2019.

As he travels back to London from Brussels, the British Prime Minister has good reason to feel upbeat. He was told he'd never get a new Brexit deal and that his plans to replace the Irish border backstop were a non-starter. Yet, as his swaggering senior advisers were keen to point out to journalists here in Brussels, he's proved everyone wrong.

That's the good news. The bad news is that he might have kicked off a chain of events that could bring his time as Prime Minister to a premature end. He now faces what will be two of the most painful days of his career back in London.

Boris Johnson Strikes Brexit Deal With E.U.

  Boris Johnson Strikes Brexit Deal With E.U. BRUSSELS — Britain and the European Union agreed on the draft text of a withdrawal deal on Thursday, an 11th-hour breakthrough in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s effort to settle his country’s anguished, yearslong debate over Brexit and pave the way for its departure from the bloc. The deal must still clear several hurdles, including approval from Europe’s leaders and, most crucially, passage in the British Parliament, where Mr. Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, suffered three thunderous defeats after bringing back an agreement with Brussels.

Boris Johnson 's hopes of securing a Brexit deal are riding on the upcoming EU summitCredit: London News France and Germany’s leaders also declared a long hoped-for agreement was very close, with Boris told a meeting of his Cabinet yesterday to update them on the talks that the negotiations

PM insists he is ‘very confident’ his deal will be approved by parliament on Saturday.

On Friday, Johnson will have to convince lawmakers across the political divide that they should back his new Brexit deal.

It's a tough ask. The main opposition Labour Party hates the deal, and wants to negotiate its own one and then put that deal to a public referendum. Other opposition parties want to scrap Brexit altogether. His supposed allies in the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party have rubbished his plan and said they won't support it. And even some hardline Brexiteer members of his own Conservative party are looking shaky.

It's easy to see why. Johnson's new deal looks a hell of a lot like Theresa May's hated deal. In reality, pretty much all that Johnson has done is remove one part of the Withdrawal Agreement -- the Irish backstop -- and replace it with something much more complicated. And Johnson, it mustn't be forgotten, voted against May's deal -- twice. His resignation from May's cabinet over her Brexit plans began the backlash that ultimately ended her premiership.

UK's Johnson prepares push to heave Brexit bill over line

  UK's Johnson prepares push to heave Brexit bill over line British lawmakers from across the political spectrum are expected to challenge Prime Minister Boris Johnson's drive to push his European Union divorce bill through the House of Commons in three days, potentially scuttling plans to deliver Brexit by Oct. 31. The bill faces two votes Tuesday, with lawmakers first being asked to approve it in principle, followed by a vote on the government's schedule for debate and possible amendments.

Eurosceptics and Labour MPs indicate they could back prime minister’s deal if he clinches agreement in Brussels.

Johnson has met Foster and Dodds three times in the last three days as he tried to shore up their support before Saturday’s deadline to prevent a delay to Brexit . This is despite Johnson repeatedly ruling out asking for a further delay under his “do or die” commitment to leave the EU by the current

His reasons for voting against May were numerous and extended well beyond the backstop. And now he, Boris Johnson, must look the Brexiteers he led in the eye and say that his deal is worth £39 billion (about $50 million) where May's was worth nothing.

That's Friday. On Saturday, the rubber meets the road, when Johnson will bring his deal before Parliament for a special weekend sitting. He will have to spend the day sat in Parliament listening to his deal be criticized from all corners of the House of Commons. As Johnson's time at his first, and possibly last, summit as leader of an EU member state came to an end, he told media that he hoped when his "colleagues in parliament study this agreement, they will want to vote for it on Saturday."

Right now, the numbers are not there for Johnson. Generous predictions currently give him a narrow loss. But if everything falls apart for him in the next 48 hours, it could be a crushing defeat.

Boris Loses Control as Parliament Rejects Brexit Exit Plan

  Boris Loses Control as Parliament Rejects Brexit Exit Plan Boris Johnson’s “do or die” pledge to take Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31 was quashed by Parliament on Tuesday night, handing the initiative to the EU to trigger a British election. Johnson said he would call for a general election if British lawmakers refused to allow him to rush through his deal and the EU proposed a new extension of three months or more. Under a law passed in Westminster last month, Johnson is not allowed to negotiate to shorten whatever extension the EU chooses. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

PM will hope to pass his deal on Saturday but knows rejection will set him up for a general election.

Negotiators understood to have agreed in principle to customs border down Irish Sea.

If that happens, he will be legally obliged to request an extension to Article 50 and delay Brexit -- the one thing he promised he'd never do. At that point, it's very likely that the gradual slide towards the inevitable general election speeds up. Once the extension has been granted, both Johnson and his opponents will be chomping at the bit to get on the campaign trail. Johnson will point at his enemies and say that they stole Brexit. They will shout back that he is a failure.

And he will be attacked from both the left and right. Those favoring a softer Brexit -- or no Brexit at all -- will say that Johnson wanted to irresponsibly drag the nation into the unknown. Hardline Brexiteers will say that he sold out the country to the EU.

And though Johnson enjoys healthy poll leads at the moment, his credibility would take an unavoidable blow if he is forced to request a Brexit extension.

Of course, none of this removes the fact that Johnson has done something he was repeatedly told could not be done. He's got a new deal and amazingly seems to have the entire EU behind him.

Despite the mountain before him, Johnson could be forgiven for seeing a way to the summit. As things stand, he needs the help of people he's spent his three months in power alienating if he's to do the impossible once again. And in Johnson World right now, nothing feels impossible.

EU keeps Britain guessing on length of Brexit lifeline .
EU members delayed a decision Friday on how long to postpone next week's Brexit deadline, giving British Prime Minister Boris Johnson space to push for an early general election. © Adrian DENNIS Boris Johnson is struggling to call an election he hopes will give him a majority to pass the divorce deal he struck with EU leaders Senior diplomats told AFP they would reconvene on Monday or Tuesday next week, thus perhaps fewer than 72 hours before Britain is set to break away from the bloc.

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