Put us out of our misery! Financial expert begs Boris to secure Brexit deal
Sept. 21, 2019
BORIS JOHNSON has been urged to strike a Brexit deal with the EU urgently as millions of people’s futures are being left uncertain by his floundering.
The Prime Minister could suspend parliament again even if the Supreme Court rules that his original suspension, known as prorogation, was unlawful, a court submission tweeted by an opposition lawyer showed this week. The news comes following a three-day hearing at the Supreme Court to determine whether Mr Johnson acted unlawfully when he suspended parliament for five weeks in the run-up to Brexit. Jo Maugham, a lawyer who successfully brought a challenge in Scotland over the suspension, tweeted: “Depending on the court’s reasoning it would still either be open or not open to the Prime Minister to consider a further prorogation.”
Nigel Green, founder and CEO of one financial advisory organisations, deVere Group, said the ongoing uncertainty of not knowing whether there will be a no deal Brexit or not is “cruel” on the public.
He told Express.co.uk : “Our people need to know what is going to happen to them in six weeks’ time. They need clarity, they need certainty and they need stability.
“The millions of British expats in Europe and the EU citizens living in the UK are amongst those who will be disproportionately adversely affected by a no-deal Brexit.
“Boris Johnson must stop his high-stakes gambling of these people’s futures. It is misguided, risky and cruel.”
Mr Green added Mr Johnson needs to “stop wasting time” over Brexit and prioritise getting a deal.
He continued: “Whilst Mr Johnson has stressed the rights of EU citizens living in the UK in the case of a no-deal Brexit will be protected, the EU cannot give such a guarantee for UK citizens because it is up to individual member states.
“It’s all likely to depend on reciprocal agreements between the UK and member states of the EU27.
“The Withdrawal Agreement has failed to get UK parliamentary approval and a no-deal Brexit on October 31 seems an increasingly real possibility.
“Jumping off the cliff-edge on Halloween, a number of things would change. For example, a no deal would mean the current reciprocal healthcare, shared by the UK and the EU27, would no longer apply.
“He must stop wasting more time and get on with seeking a deal that gets through Parliament.”
The EU warned earlier this week that Britain was heading for a no deal Brexit.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Mr Johnson had told him on Monday that London still wanted a deal, but time was now running out.
He said in Strasbourg: “There is very little time left. The risk of a no deal is very real.”
Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, following talks in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron, said he should outline its Brexit plans to the EU by the end of September.
But a UK Government spokesman said proposals would be put forward “when we are ready” and when Brussels is willing to “engage constructively on them”.
Number 10 also confirmed that the UK had now shared, in written form, a series of “confidential technical non-papers” which reflect the ideas the UK has been putting forward.
Previously documents had been shown to Brussels officials but then taken back at the end of meetings for fear they would be leaked.
But a “non-paper” is not a formal Government position and falls far short of what has been demanded by Brussels.
Ireland’s deputy prime minister Simon Coveney said: “There’s still a big gap between what the British government has been suggesting that they’re looking for and what Ireland and the EU need in terms of getting a deal, and in order to close that gap we need to get credible proposals from the British government which we simply haven’t received yet.”
The UK Government spokesman said there had been “detailed discussions” in recent weeks with the European Commission’s Taskforce 50, which is the unit dealing with Brexit.