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Tuesday 20th March 2018

UK: Johnson under Pressure over No-Deal Leak Ahead of Meeting with European Leaders

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7Dnews London

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:53 GMT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was under increasing pressure on Monday August 19th to bring back Parliament members early from their summer break after leaked government documents warned that a no-deal Brexit could cause widespread shortages and border delays.

Economists have long predicted such grim scenarios but Brexit backers have dismissed the forecasts as scaremongering.

British newspaper the Guardian reported that Downing Street reacted with fury to the leak of an official document predicting that a no-deal Brexit would lead to food, medicine and petrol shortages, with Number 10 sources saying the purpose of the disclosure was to ruin Johnson’s trip to see EU leaders this week.

The opposition Labour Party's spokesperson on Treasury issues, John McDonnell, on Monday supported the demands of more than 100 lawmakers who signed a letter demanding that Johnson cut short Parliament's summer recess to permit debate on the Brexit crisis.

The Guardian said that opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn would address the subject in a speech on Monday and accuse Johnson of “provoking the crisis our country faces this autumn,” as he believes Johnson wants to turn the UK into a US-style tax haven on the shores of Europe.

Johnson is expected to underscore his commitment to leave the European Union, with or without a deal, on October 31st, when he meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of the G7 summit in Biarritz, AP reported.


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