Brexit News Archive: 09 Oct 2019

Labour to back November 26 election if Brexit not delivered in October - Sun

Britain's opposition Labour Party will back a general election on Nov. 26 if Prime Minister Boris Johnson fails in his bid to deliver Brexit by the end of this month, the Sun newspaper said on Wednesday, without citing any sources.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 21:29:53

Brexit headlines centred around a Brexit extension/general election

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FX Street   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 21:25:23

EU heading for no-deal Brexit by mistake, Jeremy Hunt warns

Ex-Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt pleads with the EU to avoid a "catastrophic failure in statecraft".
BBC   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 21:00:01

A Guide for the Perplexed

A former British diplomat guides us through the current crisis-and why the issues go well beyond Brexit. The post A Guide for the Perplexed appeared first on The American Interest .

Johnson 'using Queen' for pre-election Tory broadcast, Corbyn says

'Holding a Queen's Speech before an election is a cynical stunt,' Labour leader says
Ashley Cowburn / The Independent   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 20:41:36

EU issues ultimatum to Johnson on Brexit plan

British PM pressed for customs concession ahead of crunch talks with Irish counterpart
FT   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 19:37:11

EU working on last-gasp Brexit deal as Britain’s departure looms

Despite having only days to bridge wide divisions over Brexit, the European Union maintained a semblance of hope on Wednesday that the acrimonious fight over Britain’s departure from the bloc could somehow still be settled amicably.Across the European Parliament, voices resonated with frustration that one of the most important events ...
Associated Press / South China Morning Post   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 19:07:13

Stocks rise on trade truce bets; lira shaken by Turkey move on Syria

Stocks gained on Wednesday on a report that China could yet agree to a partial trade deal with the United States despite recent tensions, while the prospect of a last-minute Brexit agreement between the European Union and Britain seemed as remote as ever.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 19:03:48

Downing Street denies Johnson ruled out campaigning on no-deal Brexit

A senior UK government official said no manifesto position has yet been agreed.
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 18:45:53

Order! The end of the John Bercow era

Nine MPs are fighting to replace the Commons speaker when he steps down at the end of the month.
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 18:30:05

UK housebuilders brace for triple blow to finances

Brexit, threat of slowdown and end of scheme to boost sales will test property groups
FT   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 17:44:10

Johnson vows manifesto will not be explicitly no-deal

Threat of revolt by up to 50 Tory MPs forces prime minister to renounce harsh Brexit policy
FT   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 17:28:39

EU-UK Brexit negotiators meeting pushed back to Friday

A meeting of the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier with his British counterpart Stephen Barclay has been pushed back to Friday from Thursday, an official close to the talks said.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 17:21:25

Countdown to divorce: the meetings that will decide Brexit

The following events over the next three weeks will determine whether Britain exits the European Union as planned on Oct. 31 or the three-year-old Brexit saga takes another twist.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 17:11:37

Can a Nobel winner save Boris Johnson's Brexit talks from collapse?

While Boris Johnson is cheered by supporters for his tough talk on Brexit, people in Brussels are becoming increasingly unsure if the British Prime Minister really wants to strike a deal with the EU. And that's the crucial question, because if he doesn't, then there won't be a deal.
CNN   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 17:07:26

UK market lags global stocks on mounting Brexit fears

British shares lagged global markets on Wednesday as fears of damage from Brexit outweighed reports of China being open to a partial trade deal with the United States.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 16:43:39

Brexit: MPs could hijack emergency Saturday sitting of Commons to force through second referendum

MPs to meet at weekend for first time in 37 years as massive anti-Brexit crowds gather outside
Andrew Woodcock / The Independent   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 16:41:00

The European Parliament gave us a glimpse of the UK's future: just good, honest, old fashioned loathing

The Lib Dems and the Brexit Party yelling at each other for hours on end is the debate Britain should have been having for the last three years
Tom Peck / The Independent   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 16:30:40

Sterling cedes gains after Irish backstop hopes dashed

Sterling went on a roller coaster ride on Wednesday, jumping on reports of a breakthrough on the Irish backstop and then giving up its gains as hopes of progress on a key sticking point for a Brexit deal were dashed.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 16:28:47

No More Rebates In EU Budget After Brexit, Commission Urges

The European Commission on Wednesday urged EU states to drop the system of asking for rebates from their budget contributions if and when the UK leaves under Brexit. The request was part of a general message from the EU's executive telling member states to quickly sort out the bloc's 2021-2027 ...
IBTimes   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 16:24:53

Brexit: Boris Johnson to hold last-ditch talks with Leo Varadkar after EU publicly dismantles his plan point by point

Michel Barnier says sides are 'not really in a position where we're able to find an agreement' ahead of summit next week
Jon Stone / The Independent   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 16:04:00

Stocks Recover On US-China Trade Deal Talks Optimism

European and US stock markets rebounded Wednesday, helped by reports that China would accept a partial trade deal with the US in key talks this week. The dollar was mixed while the pound steadied after yet more Brexit-fuelled volatility. Crude oil prices, which had rallied over one percent as Turkey ...
IBTimes   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 16:00:24

Stocks edge up on trade truce bets; oil, lira shaken by Turkey move on Syria

Stocks gained on Wednesday on a report that China could yet agree to a partial trade deal with the United States despite recent tensions, while the prospect of a last-minute Brexit agreement between the European Union and Britain seemed as remote as ever.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 15:54:19

Brexit: EU leaders criticise UK proposals

They say they are no closer to an agreement, but "with goodwill" there is still a chance a deal can be done.
BBC   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 15:52:04

EU tells Britain: Make more concessions if you want a Brexit deal

The European Union told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson he must make significant concessions if he wants to strike a last-minute Brexit deal.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 15:46:10

EU says Brexit deal 'very difficult' if not entirely impossible

The European Union made clear on Wednesday it was not shutting the door to any Brexit deal and made itself available for last-minute negotiations but also stressed that London would need to move considerably to secure an agreement.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 15:44:29

Brexit: How are the UK's talks with the EU going?

There's been a lot of heat in the Brexit process in the past few days - but not much light.
BBC   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 15:33:32

MPs Can't Even Agree on Pub of the Year Without an Extension

In news that does not bode well - but will come as no surprise - to Brexit watchers, MPs have failed to make up their minds in nominating local pubs to the Parliamentary Pub of the Year contest. They can't organise which brewery to organise a piss-up in... Convenor Toby ...
Tom Harwood / Guy Fawkes' blog   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 15:30:22

Wednesday afternoon news briefing: EU 'prepared to make major concessions' on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

Chris Price / Telegraph   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 15:28:37

Brexiteers 'are the real traitors', EU's Guy Verhofstadt says

European Parliament's Brexit coordinator ups rhetoric against Boris Johnson
Jon Stone / The Independent   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 15:24:00

Barnier: EU 'not really in a position' to find Brexit agreement

'Brexit is something that is long term, it creates specific, serious problems, first and foremost in Ireland.'
Eleni Courea / Politico   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 15:18:54

EU President: Bercow Working with me to Block No Deal

Addressing the EU Parliament, it's President, David Sassoli, let slip that he is now bypassing the UK Government and talking directly to Bercow about how to delay Brexit. Bercow has always claimed he isn't a Remainer and just wants the Commons to have its say - according to Sassoli, Bercow ...
Christian Calgie / Guy Fawkes' blog   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 15:00:33

Juncker and Barnier still hopeful for a Brexit agreement

Brussels will not take blame for no-deal, commission president warns
FT   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:44:33

No-deal Brexit will not feature in UK PM Johnson's manifesto - lawmaker

A no-deal Brexit will not feature in the next manifesto of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party, one of his senior lawmakers said on Wednesday.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:41:09

EU's Barnier says sealing Brexit deal would be 'very difficult'

The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said sealing a Brexit deal with Britain ahead of Oct. 31 would be "very difficult" and that the bloc cannot accept the latest proposal from London.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:35:03

EU Brexit negotiator tears apart Boris Johnson's plan point by point

Michel Barnier says 'we're not really in a position where we're able to find an agreement'
Jon Stone / The Independent   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:35:00

UK PM Johnson: Next Conservative Party manifesto to promise a Brexit deal

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FX Street   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:29:04

Brexit: Tory MPs threaten mass walk-out if No 10 forces party to back no-deal at general election

Damian Green tells prime minister the stance would be 'unacceptable' to dozens of members of the 'One Nation' group
Rob Merrick / The Independent   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:19:00

Explainer: How the British courts may decide the fate of Brexit

Scotland's highest court on Wednesday said it would wait before deciding whether to take action to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask for a Brexit delay if he has failed to secure a divorce deal with the European Union by Oct. 19.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:16:25

No-deal Brexit 'dangerously realistic scenario' - Finnish minister

The European Union is "prepared to face" a no-deal Brexit, which is a "dangerously realistic scenario", Finnish Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen told the bloc's lawmakers.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:14:12

Brexit: Chief EU Negotiator Banier says the EU not in a position to find an agreement - GBP/USD pressured

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FX Street   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:09:57

PM promises not to automatically back no-deal at election

Boris Johnson has told Tory MPs today that he will not automatically support a no-deal Brexit in a forthcoming election manifesto.
Sky   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:08:00

EU parliament head says Britain now faces choice of Brexit delay or no deal

European Parliament head David Sassoli said on Wednesday that "not much progress" has been made in Brexit talks and that Britain must now ask for a delay to its Oct. 31 departure date or crash out without a divorce agreement.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:07:49

Britain And EU To Hold Last-ditch Brexit Talks As Deadline Looms

Britain and the European Union on Wednesday agreed to hold last-ditch talks aimed at securing a Brexit deal with just days left to thrash out an agreement, as each side trades accusations of a failure to compromise. Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay will meet his EU counterpart Michel Barnier in Brussels ...
IBTimes   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 13:48:57

Trudeau Campaign Material Claims Brexit is

In a bizarre attack graphic against Canadian Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer, Canada's favourite make-up artist Justin Trudeau has claimed that Scheer not opposing the democratic decision of 17.4 million Brits to leave a political institution - the kind of which Canada would never think of joining - is Canadians ...
Tom Harwood / Guy Fawkes' blog   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 13:45:16

UK: Economy guided by Brexit developments - Rabobank

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FX Street   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 13:43:33

Stocks Recover On 'Limited' US-China Trade Deal Reports

European and US stock markets rebounded Wednesday, helped by reports that China would accept a partial trade deal with the US in key talks this week. The dollar was mixed while the pound steadied after yet more Brexit-fuelled volatility. Crude oil prices jumped over one percent. China remains open to ...
IBTimes   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 13:43:22

Timeline to a Brexit election

Here's what to expect over the next 50 days, leading up to a possible poll on December 5
FT   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 13:23:13

Germany's Merkel and France's Macron to meet ahead of crunch Brexit summit

The European Union's two most powerful leaders, Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron, will meet just days before a crunch Brexit summit next week which Britain says is the last chance to secure an orderly departure from the bloc.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 13:13:07

France says we'll only extend Brexit if British politics shift

France could discuss giving London an extension on its deadline for leaving the European Union if there was a political shift in Britain allowing a different type of dialogue on Brexit, a French government minister said on Wednesday.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 13:12:33

British PM Johnson 'still cautiously optimistic' on Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that he was still cautiously optimistic about a Brexit deal.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 12:57:11

The Brief: Brexit extension fatigue and Commissioners in the clear

euronews   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 12:49:17

Johnson faces cabinet revolt over no-deal Brexit - media

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a fresh rebellion in his cabinet, with a group of ministers poised to resign due to concerns that he is leading the country towards a no-deal Brexit, The Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 12:48:41

Ireland remains open to a 'fair' Brexit deal - Coveney

Ireland's foreign minister said on Tuesday European Council President Donald Tusk was reflecting EU-wide frustration when he accused Britain of playing a "stupid blame game" over Brexit.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 12:48:31

Remainers Launch Disco Concept Album To Keep EU Dream Stayin' Alive

A disco concept album written about Brexit has just been released by the pro-EU band Article 54, as a particularly unique way to express their current political (night) fever dream... On Twitter, band member Rhodri Marsden said "Ten weeks ago I said on here that I'd started writing a disco ...
Christian Calgie / Guy Fawkes' blog   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 12:30:41

Germany's position on Brexit has not changed, government spokesman says

Germany's position on Brexit has not changed, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, declining to comment on the content of a telephone conversation between Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 12:19:59

Sterling falls after report of EU concession on Brexit is denied

Sterling erased earlier gains on Wednesday after the Northern Irish party that supports the British government said it would emphatically oppose a reported European Union concession on the Irish backstop under any Brexit deal.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 12:13:12

British people hardly ever thought about the EU before Brexit, now it dominates their lives

Yui Mok/PA The polling agency Ipsos MORI has, for many years, asked people in Britain every month what they think are the most important issues facing the country. In December 2015, only six months before the EU referendum and after nearly three years of anticipating it, just 1% of the ...
Barry Richards, Professor of Political Psychology, Bournemouth University / The Conversation   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 12:04:52

German government spokesman: Germany does not have a new position on Brexit

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FX Street   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:49:33

Anti-Brexit campaigners claim victory as Scottish court delays decision on extension law

Anti-Brexit campaigners claimed victory after Scotland's highest court decided on Wednesday to wait before ruling whether to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek a delay to Britain's EU divorce date if he has not struck a deal in the next 10 days.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:47:04

Stocks grind higher as investors cling to trade truce hopes

Stocks gained on Wednesday as investors clung to hopes that the United States and China could yet agree some sort of trade deal, while the prospect of a last-minute Brexit agreement between the European Union and Britain seemed as remote as ever.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:42:27

Commons to sit on Saturday for first time since Falklands

Boris Johnson hopes to present MPs with new Brexit deal on October 19
FT   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:36:34

Johnson Faces Mass Defection Of Tory MPs Amid Battle Over 'No Deal' Brexit

Johnson Faces Mass Defection Of Tory MPs Amid Battle Over 'No Deal' Brexit The resignations of Rory Stewart, Johnson's one-time rival for the leadership, and Amber Rudd, the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, have reportedly inspired dozens of other Tories to threaten to resign over their objections ...
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:31:38

UK court delays key Brexit ruling until after EU summit

Boris Johnson has until October 19 to get a Brexit deal done; the courts will step in on October 22.
Al Jazeera   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:30:46

Irish minister: if there's a Brexit solution, we want to find it

Ireland still wants to work with Britain to find solutions to solve the Brexit impasse because the stakes are so high that constructive engagement is the only choice, Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Wednesday.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:29:33

Ireland open to workable Northern Ireland assembly role in Brexit deal

Ireland is absolutely open to proposals that would give Northern Ireland's devolved assembly a say over Brexit but any mechanism must be workable and be one voters in the British-run region would support, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:29:19

UK-bound trucks risk being sent away at Rotterdam port after Brexit - Dutch transport association

Almost a third of companies who ship goods to Britain through the Netherlands have failed to complete the necessary paperwork for their trucks to embark on ferries after Brexit, the Dutch transport association TLN said on Wednesday.
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:22:01

Michel Barnier says a Brexit deal is 'very difficult but possible' - video

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said reaching a Brexit deal is 'very difficult but possible'. He added that the EU would stay 'calm, vigilant, respectful and constructive' before negotiations take place on Thursday. The EU has said Boris Johnson needs to have workable proposals by the ...
Guardian   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:13:19

EU's Barnier says Brexit deal 'very difficult but possible'

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday he believed that reaching an exit deal with Britain was "very difficult but possible".
Reuters   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:10:12

Risking China backlash, Taiwan and Britain push ahead with free trade talks

Taiwan and Britain are pushing ahead with trade negotiations as Taipei looks to reduce its reliance on China and Britain seeks to secure post-Brexit trade from the two sides met for their 22nd round of talks on October 1 in London, where they discussed access for British lamb exports, ways ...
Ralph Jennings / South China Morning Post   |   Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:06:51