BREXIT LIVE: Diane Abbott lifts lid on plot to oust Boris Johnson and block no deal exit

Posted on Aug 12 2019 - 2:25pm by admin

The shadow home secretary initially refused to comment on Labour’s plans once Parliament resumes next month. But when pressed she admitted negotiations to secure backing for a vote of no confidence were under way. Ms Abbott said: “It’s above my pay grade to say when we’ll move the vote of no confidence.”

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She continued: “But who has confidence in Boris Johnson apart from the people around him?

“The more he announces these bogus unfunded announcements, I think the less confidence there will be in him in the general public.

“But one of the things we have to do is consult with other parties – it’s no good moving a vote of no confidence if the Lib Dems, for instance, are not going to vote for it.

“We are talking to all of the other parties in Parliament and if we move for a vote of no confidence we’ll want to do it with confidence that we can win it.”

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Boris Johnson has vowed to leave the EU on October 31 (Image: PA)

11.04am update: British diplomats to pull out of Brussels meetings

British diplomats are preparing to withdraw from the EU’s institutional structures of power under plans being drawn up in Downing Street.

Officials will stop attending day-to-day meetings in Brussels in a bid to drive home the message the UK is leaving the EU by 31 October “do or die”.

The move is said to be in line with Boris Johnson’s first statement in the House of Commons, in which he said he would “unshackle” British diplomacy from EU affairs.

But critics fear the walkout will leave the UK in the dark on key decisions and could go against the national interest.

EU working group meetings at which British diplomats were expected to take their seats alongside the other 27 member states will deal with issues on security, the pan-European response to any future crises involving civilians, foreign affairs and the protection of consumers interests.

10.51am update: German financial sector expects no deal Brexit

Germany’s financial sector is bracing itself for a no deal Brexit, according to a new survey.

The poll for Berlin’s Centre for Financial Studies found 55 percent of respondents believe a chaotic Brexit is likely, and 31 percent consider it highly likely.

The majority of respondents (63 percent) consider the German financial sector to be sufficiently prepared in the event of a hard Brexit, while 36 percent consider that there is more need for action here.

(Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg)

Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar (Image: REUTERS)

10.03am update: Labour MPs told to cancel travel plans

Labour MPs have been told to scrap any September travel plans with Jeremy Corbyn likely to table a motion of no confidence in the Government on once Parliament resumes.

The move appears to confirm that Labour will attempt to bring down the Government within days of MPs returning from their summer holidays and have enough time to try and block a no deal Brexit.

Mr Corbyn has refused to say when he will table a no confidence motion, stating that the crunch moment will come “at a point when we can win it”.

The earliest a no confidence vote can be held is believed to be September 4, the day after recess ends.

9.41am update: Varadkar digs in over Brexit backstop

Irish leader Leo Varadkar will refuse to back down over the backstop when he meets Boris Johnson, according to sources in Dublin.

The Taoiseach is expected to insist the controversal backstop is not up for renegotiation when the two men meet early next month.

The move could torpedo the talks before they get underway with Mr Johnson branding the backstop “undemocratic” and demanding its removal as a pre-condition for fresh talks with Brussels.

The Anglo-Irish talks are due to focus on the Brexit impasse and Northern Ireland issues but Dublin is keen to stress that changes to the withdrawal agreement would not be considered.


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Boris Johnson could face a early vote of no confidence (Image: PA)

9.20am update: Pound sinks to new post-referendum low

The pound dropped to its lowest rate since the 2016 EU referendum against the euro in Asian trading after a think tank report warned MPs seeking to stop a no deal Brexit were running out of options.

Sterling hit €1.0724 at one point — undercutting its recent to hit a 10-year low.

It was the weakest the pound has been against the common currency since its historic lows during the financial crisis.

It also hit a fresh 31-month low against the dollar.

The latest falls came after the highly-respected Institute for Government released a report that poured cold water over several suggestions of how disorderly Brexit could be prevented.

8.51am update: Buckland “increasingly confident” of orderly Brexit

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has insisted the Government is working flat out to ensure an orderly Brexit on October 31.

When as asked if he still believed the impact of crashing out of the EU would be chaos, he replied: “I have consistently argued that point and I still do that.”

He was reminded he previously said it was the duty of Government to avoid the “chaos of a crash-out Brexit”, with Mr Buckland replying on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Yes, and that’s why I think the work that’s been done within Government to ensure an orderly Brexit is vital.

“The choice that faces us now is either disorder in terms of Brexit or an orderly, sensible approach and that’s why I’m really pleased the structure of Cabinet committees, the way in which Government is bearing down upon the issues, shows a sense of urgency and purpose that is absolutely essential if we’re to avoid the sort of disorder I’ve talked about – and I’m increasingly confident we can achieve that.”

Mr Buckland said he believes the Prime Minister is in favour of achieving Brexit on October 31, adding: “He wants to achieve a deal but if we cannot achieve a deal then it needs to be as orderly a Brexit as possible – that is why the work of Government at the moment is focused hugely on that effort.”

He added “there is a difference between crashing out and not achieving a deal”, and said ongoing work will “avoid the chaos of a crash-out”.

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8am update: French predict problem-free Brexit on Dover-Calais trade route

Transport on the trade route between Dover and Calais will continue to run smoothly after Brexit, the head of the French Channel ports has insisted.

Jean-Marc Puissesseau accused “certain individuals” of scaremongering with talk of transport chaos and said authorities were ready for Britain’s scheduled departure from the EU on October 31.

He told The Daily Telegraph: “Nothing is going to happen the day after Brexit.

“Britain will be a third country, that’s all, and there is no reason why this should lead to any problems.

“If both sides do their homework, traffic will be completely fluid.”

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