Boris Johnson accused of hiding key details of Brexit deal – Today News

October 15, 2019 posted by

  Boris Johnson last night refused to release the legal text of his Brexit deal arguing it could hamper EU talks   Labour accused the Prime Minister of “hiding” key details by ruling out publishing the full 44-page document  Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer told MPs: “We don’t want a summary, we don’t want the PM’s interpretation, we want the legal text ”  Brexit minister James Duddridge said releasing the plan could “get in the way” of negotiations  He said: “The intention is to share as much as possible but at a time that is right ”    Labour fears that Tory promises on food standards and workers’ rights could be ditched  The PM’s spokesman suggested the EU should shift next – and that discussions were needed “at pace”  “We are now looking to the EU to match the compromises that the UK has made,” he said  With nine days until EU chiefs meet for the last European summit before the Brexit deadline, there has been little sign of progress    A cross-party meeting yesterday ended with opposition MPs failing to agree on who might lead a caretaker Government to extend Brexit if Mr Johnson was ousted   Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn again insisted he should have the first opportunity But the Lib Dems – and Tory rebel MPs – remain opposed.  A Lib Dem source said: “Their total unwillingness to work with anyone else makes the Labour Party the biggest barrier to stopping no-deal ”  Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said both Labour and the Lib Dems “need to grow up” and focus on securing an extension  “A Plaid Cymru source added: “It’s not about who but about how we stop a disastrous crash-out Brexit ”  The Mirror understands the 21 ex-Tory rebel MPs are reluctant to take over the order paper again to boost legal safeguards against no-deal  It came as campaigners lost a bid to get a court order which would have forced the PM to obey the Benn Act and delay Brexit Edinburgh’s Court of Session ruled against it because judges believe he will obey the law  The campaigners will launch an appeal today.  Despite No10 saying “we will obey the law”, a Downing Street spokesman said: “We are leaving on October 31 The manner in which this policy is lawfully achieved is a matter for the Government ”  Campaigner Jo Maugham QC said: “We see from briefings that come out of No 10 there is a very real risk he will not comply ”  Meanwhile, Britain’s debt could rocket – with the Government piggybank groaning under the pressure of the PM’s pre-election bribes and the potential cost of a no-deal Brexit, a report has warned  The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the Government will borrow £50billion next year, leaving a pledge not to borrow more than 2% of national income in tatters  Even a “benign” no-deal would likely lead to the Treasury borrowing £100billion, hiking debt as a percentage of national income to nearly 90% for the first time since the mid-1960s  A spokesman for the Treasury said: “We’ll retain a fiscal anchor to public spending so decisions are taken with a view to the long-term sustainability ”

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