Boris Johnson’s New Proposals for Leaving the EU and New Prorogation of Parliament
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Boris Johnson has written to Jean Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, presenting his new proposals for leaving the European Union, particularly focusing upon the issue of the Northern Ireland border (the ‘backstop’). He offers five key recommendations:
First and foremost, our proposal is centred on our commitment to find
solutions which are compatible with the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.
Second, it confirms our commitment to long-standing areas of UK / Ireland collaboration.
Third, it provides for the potential creation of an all-island regulatory zone on the island of Ireland.
Fourth, this regulatory zone must depend on the consent of those affected by it.
Fifth, and finally, under these arrangements Northern Ireland will be fully
part of the UK customs territory.
His full letter can be read here:
A seven page, explanatory note providing more detailed background information can be read here:
To prepare a new legislative programme for Britain post-Brexit after 31 October (the date the Prime Minister has set for Britain definitively leaving the European Union), it has also been announced parliament is to be prorogued yet again from 8 October until the Queen’s Speech on 14 October. The current parliament has sat for the longest time in modern history. This may stir up controversy, but it is the shortest possible prorogation the government can manage (see 2 October Number 10 press release for further information).
The Government will seek to strengthen public services, improve infrastructure and connectivity across the country, tackle crime and enhance the integrity of the criminal justice system, while protecting our natural environment for the long-term.
The Prime Minister has today set out a fair and reasonable compromise for replacing the backstop and securing the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union with a deal. If a deal can be agreed at European Council, a central feature of the legislative programme will be to introduce a Withdrawal Agreement Bill and move at pace to secure its passage before 31 October.
As Britain’s legislative status will change on 31 October, these preparations will need to be effective, and capable of withstanding any contention from the parliamentary opposition.