Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Labour says 'a no-deal Brexit is a clear and present danger'

Labour says 'a no-deal Brexit is a clear and present danger'

But more than 70 MPs and peers have launched a legal bid, asking that the Court of Session in Edinburgh rules it "unlawful and unconstitutional" to prorogue, or suspend, Parliament as an attempt to stop MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit.

There is speculation that MPs who do not support such an exit could use this time to try to legislate against a no-deal.

But members of Parliament who oppose a no-deal Brexit are plotting ways to frustrate him, and that means Johnson's standoff with the European Union is likely to continue until Parliament returns in September as the bloc waits to see if they can tie the government's hands, according to the person, who asked not to be named discussing the administration's thinking.

Nicola Sturgeon has said she is happy to join an all-women emergency cabinet, after Caroline Lucas proposed the idea.

Graham Eardley: I don't think it would be as bad as many claims.

The U.K. voted to leave the European Union in June 2016 with the referendum seen as a way for former Prime Minister David Cameron to appease the pro-Brexit wing of his Conservative Party, although he did not support Brexit himself. Describing Lucas as "a fantastic MP", the SNP leader added: "I'm more than happy to band together with a bunch of other women".

Petitioners in the case include the Scottish National Party, Liberal Democrat, Labour and Plaid Cymru MPs.

Mr Bolton said: "The main objective of the visit really is to convey President Trump's desire to see a successful exit from the European Union for the United Kingdom on October 31, to offer to be of help in any way that we can, and to express his hope we can have a fully comprehensive bilateral trade agreement with the United Kingdom as soon as possible".

Bolton, in London for two days of talks with British officials, is seeking an improved US-British relationship with Prime Minister Boris Johnson after sometimes tense ties between Trump and Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May.

Mr. Bolton said Britain and the United States could agree trade deals on a sector-by-sector basis, leaving more hard areas in the trading relationship until later.

A Number 10 source told the newspaper: "The EU are sitting back and waiting to see what parliament does".

"The Americans are very tough negotiators indeed", he said.

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump discussed trade and Brexit during a telephone conversation yesterday as the president's top security adviser arrived in the United Kingdom for talks. "They discussed global economic issues and trade, and the prime minister updated the president on Brexit", Downing Street said.

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