Boris Johnson

  • Boris Johnson has been elected as the new leader of the British Conservative Party.

    Mr Johnson defeated his rival Jeremy Hunt and will become the next British Prime Minister.

    The announcement was made in the last hour, after the counting of votes concluded.

     

    The Irish Government will now have to engage with the new Prime Minister to try and avoid Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal.

    That's according to Fianna Fail's Brexit spokesperson, Mayo TD Lisa Chambers.

    Speaking to Midwest Radio this lunchtime, Deputy Chambers says Boris Johnson has a very hardline approach to Brexit...

     

  • Boris Johnson says the UK will be "walking out" of the EU in 25 days without a deal if Brussels does not compromise.

     

    He's urged European politicians to "grasp the opportunity" his new Brexit proposal provides.

     

    But the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says he can't proceed with talks unless the plans change.

     

    Mr Johnson says his blueprint for a deal offers "practical compromises" to the EU.

     

    But Labour Party MP Lisa Nandy says the agreement isn't likely to pass through UK parliament:

  • The British government believe efforts to avoid a hard border in Ireland would be "unsustainable" in the event of a 'No Deal' Brexit.

    The revelation comes in what The Sunday Times describes as an unprecedented leak of official documents.

     

    The classified files set out the most likely - rather than worst case scenario.

    They show the UK government expects the return of a hard border to the island of Ireland.

    Senior officials there believe widespread checks will be necessary as current plans to avoid them will prove "unsustainable".

    The documents also show Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the EU without a transition deal.

    It comes as Boris Johnson will tell French and German leaders that there must be a new Brexit deal when he meets them next week.

    The British PM is heading to Berlin on Wednesday and Paris on Thursday ahead of a G7 summit of world leaders.

    However, the European Union has previously said it wouldn't renegotiate.

     

  • The UK's highest court has ruled Boris Johnson broke the law by deciding to suspend Parliament for five weeks.

    The Supreme Court in London says there was "no justification" for the shutdown.

    House of Commons speaker John Bercow says Parliament should now be recalled "without delay".

    President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale said the decision was unanimous.

    The implications of this ruling for Brexit and Ireland remains unclear, but Mayo deputy Lisa Chambers, the Fianna Fail spokesperson on Brexit, says it will certainly put the British Prime Minister under pressure to resign.

    She says that may result in an extension to the Brexit date, but it will not solve the problem of getting a Brexit deal that works for Ireland.

  • The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has said that a hard border must be avoided and the Good Friday Agreement protected.

     

    Michel Barnier has met Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Brussels this lunchtime.

     

    Michel Barnier has tweeted to say that a legally operative solution is needed in the Withdrawl Agreement to address the problems created by Brexit on the island of Ireland.

     

    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator added that a hard border must be avoided and the Good Friday Agreement, the all-island econmoy and the integrity of the single market must be protected.

     

    Mr. Barnier has said he hasn't seen any workable proposals from the UK, which could break the current impasse, and the UK's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is over in Brussels for talks too today.

     

    His meeting with Mr. Coveney and Mr. Barlcay come on the back of pointed comments by the President of the European Commission.

     

    Jean-Claude Juncker told a German newspaper that if the UK left the EU without a deal, Britain would be to blame.

     

    He also warned that any future trade relationship would be made harder by a no deal exit.

     

    It's been a busy morning on the Brexit front, with Boris Johnson's special adviser saying MPs will stop getting threats and abuse if they "respect" the EU referendum result.

     

    Dominic Cummings added that it's "not surprising" people are angry, because MPs are failing to deliver Brexit.