Having defeated Jeremy Hunt in the Conservative leadership race in July, Boris Johnson was appointed Prime Minister on 24 July 2019. In the subsequent days he appointed a new Cabinet and promised to deliver Brexit by 31 October “no ifs or buts”. In the weeks since, he has spent time talking to EU leaders, bilaterally and at the G7 Summit in Biarritz and has indicated that the UK will not accept the Withdrawal Agreement with the backstop in its current form. Opposition parties, meanwhile, continue to work on plans to try and prevent a no-deal Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, has convened a meeting consisting of opposition leaders and rebel Conservative MPs, in an attempt to agree a tactic to prevent a crash-out Brexit on 31 October 2019.
Brexit Brief, published by the IIEA’s UK Project Group, covers developments in the on-going debate over the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. It is part of a wider communications programme, which will be highlighted on the Institute’s website.
This Brexit brief is available here.