UK govt promises October no-deal Brexit
The UK government says it will force the country out of the European Union on October 31 “whatever the circumstances” with a cabinet minister saying rebel backbench Conservative MPs could not stop a no-deal Brexit.
“The UK will be leaving the EU on October 31 whatever the circumstances, there are no ifs or buts,” said a spokesman for the new prime minister, Boris Johnson.
Health minister Matt Hancock said he believed former finance minister Philip Hammond and others could not prevent a “clean” Brexit, as it has been rebranded.
The pound fell further, increasing the cost of summer holidays for British citizens overseas.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has dismissed Conservative calls to stand aside in a general election to avoid splitting the leave vote.
Farage said the Conservatives could not be “trusted” to deliver Brexit, vowing to “annihilate” the Tories if Johnson pushes through a watered-down Brexit based on former prime minister Theresa May’s unpopular agreement with Brussels.
He tweeted: “They are the very reason we exist. We simply do not trust them to deliver.”
A new poll has suggested that 52 per cent of Scottish voters were now in favour of independence.
A study of the services sector said the UK was “only just managing to skirt recession” and car sales fell again last month.
Rolls-Royce is set to reveal a modest half-year profit but Warren East, the chief executive of Rolls-Royce, says he is concentrating on the looming October 31 Brexit deadline.
The pound has fallen again and manufacturing activity contracted for the third month running.
With operations in nine European Union countries, the aerospace manufacturer is highly integrated into the bloc. Rolls-Royce makes engines for Airbus planes in Toulouse and has a factory in Dahlewitz near Berlin with about 10,000 staff.
It does have some advantages over other employers.
The aerospace industry already operates under World Trade Organisation rules, so there would be no extra tariffs in the case of a no-deal Brexit. The industry also works at a slower pace than car manufacturers and does not rely on just-in-time deliveries across the English Channel.
But Rolls-Royce says Brexit could disrupt its supply chain and stop it from hiring the best staff.
The pro-remain East urged MPs to vote for failed prime minister Theresa May’s agreement. “I’m not sure we’re going to spend as much preparing for some deadline that might never happen,” East said in June. “It’s just an unnecessary distraction for businesses.”
Several profit warnings and a Serious Fraud Office probe, which now has been resolved, have undermined Rolls-Royce’s reputation.
Anti-Brexit campaigners heckle a meeting involving Boris Johnson in London. Picture credit: Eurasia Times