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The majority of Brexiteers in the U.K would prefer Boris Johnson to leave with a no deal and cut ties completely with Brussels. Johnson has always been opposed to this but it’s not only about when, but about WHAT type of deal Boris will pursue and whether Brussels will go with it. If Boris puts forward a deal similar to that of Teresa May, Brexiteers will be up in arms, so we can expect something in between.
Do you really believe that these ties can be cut completely after…what, around 50 years in the European Union? Of course not. It is not like getting a divorce and completely cutting ties with each other. No, in this “marriage” there are numerous kids (laws of the EU) and cutting ties completely will not be possible.
I read today that Jacob Rees Mogg, Tory leader of the House, maybe sacked after unwise comments he made about the Grenfell fire disaster. Mogg is an important, outspoken figure supporting a 'no deal. His dismissal would weaken the prospects of a no deal significantly.
Boris Johnson doesn’t want a 'no deal Brexit but he wants Brexit sorted out within the timescale agreed. Brussels, and Barnier, their chief negotiator, have been in the media saying that the December 2020 deadline for leaving and implementing a free trade deal is ‘unrealistic’. Johnson is stronger in the House of Commons since his General Election triumph, and the E.U know this. Boris is bluffing by leaving no deal on the table, as it is the E.U’s major fear, and Johnson is now more likely to get this through.