EU's Barnier not optimistic about avoiding a no-deal Brexit - Sunday Telegraph

LONDON ENGLAND- JANUARY 31 Former British Prime Minister John Major arrives for a memorial service for Conservative Peer Lord Carrington at Westminster Abbey

"We'll see what the legislation says", he said.

Johnson may also sanction potentially more than a dozen Conservative lawmakers poised to vote against the government this week by throwing them out of the parliamentary party, according to reports.

Johnson on Wednesday successfully petitioned Queen Elizabeth II to prorogue or suspend, parliament in London from mid-September to mid-October, when he plans to submit his government programme in a new parliamentary session. Protesters in London briefly blocked traffic on a downtown bridge and in Trafalgar Square.

He added the proposed law would "require an extension" to Britain's departure date.

"It's absolutely a coward's way out", said William Campbell, 27, a student who traveled to London from the Scottish city of Aberdeen.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "They dare not use the confidence procedures because they know that Jeremy Corbyn is too unpopular, and therefore they seek deceitful ends by underhand means". "No government is above the law", he said on Twitter.

The problem for Johnson is that agreement has already been rejected by Westminster MPs.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reiterated that his party will do "everything possible" to stop a no-deal Brexit.

"Whether people voted for or against Brexit, I respect that, but you can not just shut down parliament", she said.

"What on earth are we achieving by this?" he advised the Sunday Times, noting Brexit had already been not on time two times this 12 months and caution rise up Tory MPs risked toppling the ruling Conservatives.

Johnson's argument hasn't washed well with the public.

Nicholas Sengoba, a columnist in the former British colony of Uganda, said Johnson's action shows that Britain is not immune to the abuse of power that has plagued some African nations.

Sara Thompson, 35 and a graphic designer, brought her son Lenny, 8, to the protest.

"But I think the important thing is that Parliament should not be excluded from this process".

Gove said German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron had indicated after talks with Johnson that the agreement - "which they had said was a block of marble that could not be altered" - was now capable of being changed.

Michael Gove, the cabinet minister charged with preparations for a no-deal exit, said: "Ensuring an orderly Brexit is not only a matter of national importance, but a shared responsibility". "This is a parliamentary democracy and our elected representatives should be able to debate; it's outrageous".

The decision is being challenged in several legal cases.

The backstop would keep Northern Ireland largely aligned with the European Union, removing the need for a border. It must take place on October 31.

British travellers have been warned to expect delays at the United Kingdom border and prepare for the return of mobile phone roaming charges after Brexit, as part of a "Get Ready for Brexit" campaign.

Roughly 3,000 to 4,000 protesters gathered near Downing Street in London and demonstrations were held in other cities and towns around the country.

"We voted to leave the European Union, and we've been stitched up", he said.

The influential Toronto newspaper The Globe and Mail said in an editorial that Johnson's suspension of Parliament must be reversed: "It's wrong". There is no other way of doing it because everyone is going against him, even in his own party.



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