LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet his Brexiteer-dominated group of senior ministers for the primary time on Thursday to plot the right way to persuade the European Union to comply with a brand new Brexit deal forward of the Oct. 31 exit deadline.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Downing Avenue, in London, Britain July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Johnson’s dramatic rise to Britain’s high job units the world’s fifth largest financial system up for a showdown with the EU and a possible constitutional disaster – or election – at house, as lawmakers have vowed to thwart a no-deal Brexit.
Britain’s new chief promised to do a brand new Brexit cope with the bloc inside lower than 99 days however warned that if EU leaders refused – what he termed a “distant risk” – then Britain would depart with out a deal, “no ifs or buts”.
“I’m satisfied that we will do a deal,” Johnson, 55, mentioned on arrival No. 10 Downing Avenue, the premier’s official residence, after assembly Queen Elizabeth who requested he kind a authorities.
Johnson’s guess is that the specter of a no-deal Brexit will persuade the EU’s largest powers – Germany and France – to comply with revise the divorce deal that former Prime Minister Theresa Might agreed final November however didn’t ratify.
The EU has to date repeatedly refused to countenance rewriting the Withdrawal Settlement a part of the divorce deal however has mentioned it might change the so referred to as “Political Declaration” on future ties.
The bloc has congratulated Johnson on his victory however was agency that it could not provide Britain higher departure phrases.
Johnson, whose sported a generally shambolic persona in his rise to energy, confirmed mettle in workplace, sweeping away his predecessor’s authorities in one of many largest culls of senior authorities jobs in latest British historical past.
“Night time of the Blond Knives,” mentioned The Solar, Britain’s most-read newspaper, in reference to the color of Johnson’s dishevelled mop of hair. A complete of 17 ministers in Might’s authorities both resigned or have been sacked, creating a robust new group of enemies in parliament.
Most of Johnson’s senior appointees are Brexit supporters.
Sajid Javid, 49, was named as his finance minister. He’s a eurosceptic who voted to stay within the 2016 referendum.
Others are avowed Brexiteers: Priti Patel was appointed inside minister, Dominic Raab was appointed overseas minister and Stephen Barclay remained as Brexit minister.
Johnson additionally appointed Dominic Cummings, the marketing campaign director of the official Brexit Vote Go away marketing campaign, as a senior adviser in Downing Avenue.
Reporting by Man Faulconbridge; Enhancing by Raissa Kasolowsky