The UK is in the way of itself and it blocks itself in any other way in any attempt to make room. This is roughly the situation on the island that wants to migrate. On the subject of Brexit, Parliament only agrees that it wants to leave the EU – but does not know how. The opposition leader offers his help unbidden, but most Britons would rather have the no-deal Brexit than him, Jeremy Corbyn, at the head of the government.
And then there's Boris Johnson, whose staff paints the consequences of a secluded exit from the EU in the most terrible colors, but holds on to this possible chaos course unimpressed.
Chaos at the borders awaits
Anyway, something must and should happen soon – and so more than a hundred MPs are now calling on Prime Minister Johnson to call Parliament back for talks on the Brexit from the summer break. The head of government himself is expected in the coming days, before the G7 summit at the end of August, for talks in Berlin and Paris. The occasion is also a report of the Cabinet Office, which is the “Sunday Times” present. The document shows that in the case of a severe Brexit, the government expects, among other things, bottlenecks in food, petrol and medicines, as well as rising social costs and chaotic conditions at ports and border crossings.
“Our country is on the verge of an economic crisis, as we rush to a Brexit without agreement,” it said in a letter from the deputies to Prime Minister Johnson. “We are facing a national emergency and Parliament must now be recalled.” The deputies actually return only on 3 September from the summer break. Afterwards, there will be another break – traditionally to hold annual party days. The parliamentarians demand to reunite immediately, so that they can not take a break from their meetings until the planned departure date on 31 October.
Realistic assessment or outdated?
The British no-deal agent Michael Gove described the papers on the scenarios as obsolete. They would reflect the worst case; In the meantime, one can only go from smaller obstacles. An anonymous source of government, however, contradicts, according to the Sunday Times: It is a “realistic assessment” of what the public will experience in the event of a no-deal. These scenarios are very likely and “not the worst case”.
Although Premier Johnson, at least outwardly, does not shy away from a secluded exit from the EU, he is trying to persuade the EU to renegotiate. However, the EU rejects changes to the deal negotiated by its predecessor Theresa May. May had failed three times with the agreement in Parliament in London and gave up her office.
Recently, several politicians had proposed to take over the office of Johnson in order to still prevent a no-deal Brexit. Among them Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who wanted to start with the help of rebels in the Tory party vote of no confidence against Johnson on the way. The lower house president, Ken Clarke, also offered himself as a transitional prime minister for an emergency government. The Proeuropean enjoys non-partisan respect.
Federal government reacts rather cool
Boris Johnson will try to explore possible solutions in the coming days. On Wednesday he meets Angela Merkel in Berlin, then French President Emmanuel Macron.
At the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, from 24 to 26 August, leaders will have an opportunity to talk about Britain's divorce from the EU – but no one believes that Johnson will abandon his stance. The Federal Government is cool: Speaker Steffen Seibert said on the occasion of the upcoming visit that she regrets the decision of the British to leave the EU. “But we also have to take note of the realities.”