Published: Tue, August 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

United Kingdom allocates further £2.1 billion for no-deal Brexit planning

United Kingdom allocates further £2.1 billion for no-deal Brexit planning

The government insists the new money is in addition to the extra £20bn a year by 2023 announced by former prime minister Theresa May, although Shadow Health Minister John Ashworth says he is sceptical that the new money is actually new, while Nuffield Trust suggests some of the money was in the pipeline anyway.

Mortimer also said other promises by the prime minister to tackle the social care crisis were welcome, but that Johnson's words would be "meaningless" without concrete action to back them up.

"And so it is more important than ever that we build a strong cross-party alliance to stop a no deal Brexit". "This additional £2.1 billion will ensure we are ready to leave on 31 October - deal or no deal", he added.

Last week's special election in the Welsh constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire showed the potential risk to the government of an early vote.

The leak came as Boris Johnson's government ramped up its rhetoric over leaving the European Union by the October 31 deadline, whether a new deal is brokered or not.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "We do not comment on leaked documents".

Writing in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Barclay said the "political realities" had changed since Barnier's instructions were set after Britain voted to leave the European Union more than three years ago and that his mandate should reflect those differences.

One of the warnings from the United States reportedly came from Ron Wyden, the most senior Democrat on the Senate Finance committee, who reportedly told then worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox that "there should not be any negotiations on a trade deal as long as a digital services tax is being pursued by Britain".

According to several reports, Dominic Cummings, Johnson's senior adviser, has argued that even if MPs deposed the government in a no-confidence vote once the Commons resumes in September, it could then schedule an election to take place after 31 October.

Aware of the electoral threat, more than 10 Tories have asked the Brexit Party not to run against them, the Mail on Sunday reported.

Mr Hancock meanwhile played down suggestions that the Government was preparing for a snap general election in the autumn.

That would put Mr Johnson closer to a more optimal scenario of fighting a general election on his domestic agenda, having already delivered Brexit.

The Taoiseach echoed Mr Coveney's sentiments on the article, saying: "I think any heightened rhetoric isn't coming from us so there is a certain irony in being accused of that when I really think that the rhetoric and language that has come from the Irish government has been very measured and very consistent over the last couple of years".

Since taking power, Mr Johnson has ordered planning for a no-deal Brexit to be ramped up - despite claiming the odds of it happening are a "million to one against".

Speaking to BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Boris Johnson said: "I'm very, very pleased to be here at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, where we're putting some money into the A&E".

'Utter determination'Jack Dromey said Parliament will move to block no-deal.

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