- The Brexit strategy coordinator argues that they feel “optimistic about the future.”
- Treasury Minister Sajid Javid has announced the mobilization of public resources to increase the number of border control forces (with half a thousand new agents) and improve the infrastructure of British ports.
- Jeremy Corbyn reiterated his position on Sunday in favor of a second referendum on Brexit.
The new British Government “is working with the assumption of a Brexit without agreement,” reiterated Michael Gove, responsible for exploring, if possible, a negotiation with Brussels but, above all, supervising the preparations for an exit from the EU. This was stated by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, during his inauguration and his deputy has ratified it in a platform published in The Sunday Times: “The no-deal (no agreement) is now a very real perspective.”
Gove, whose official position in the cabinet is the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (a ministerial position with flexible functions), launches in his letter an appeal to the leaders of the European Union to raise the idea of negotiating a new agreement that allows an orderly exit from the United Kingdom. Although it clarifies that the Executive must “operate with the perspective that they will not.” Emulating the same euphoric and somewhat exalted tone that Johnson exhibits these days, the Brexit strategy coordinator argues that they feel “optimistic about the future,” although they must also be realistic about the need for “a plan that covers any circumstance.”
The Johnson Government has drawn a red line in the call for a backstop, the safeguard to prevent the restoration of a hard border between the two Irelands and that was included in the agreement reached in the day by Theresa May and the European partners. But, as Gove recalls, that pact was rejected up to three times by the British Parliament, which makes it wet paper. “You cannot reheat a dish that has been returned to you and hope that it will be more appetizing,” he wrote in the Sunday Times.
Brussels is also not willing to compromise on that point, which makes the search for an agreed exit unfeasible. Treasury Minister Sajid Javid has announced the mobilization of public resources to increase the number of border control forces (with half a thousand new agents) and improve the infrastructure of British ports. In this way, he tried to clarify the fear of chaos in the maritime separation between the United Kingdom and the EU if a hard Brexit is initiated, which would require the restitution of the border posts through which goods and products are passing.
Given this perspective, the Labor opposition leader has stressed his efforts to do everything possible to stop a no-deal. In a televised interview, Jeremy Corbyn reiterated his position on Sunday in favor of a second referendum on Brexit, which he said he will call if Labor gets to power. He transitioned from a position of criticism to what he considers the “liberal club” of the EU, and assured the audience that in the case of a new referendum he will campaign for permanence in Europe.
Corbyn has not ruled out the presentation of a censure motion to the Johnson Government, after the Parliament summer break, and for this, he relies on the fledgling revolt of the moderate conservative representatives who do not aspire to abandon the EU without an agreement. But Boris Johnson, who is enjoying a relative grace period during the first days of government, could fight back by calling early general elections.