PM stick­ing to Brexit plan, will not seek de­lay

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

London: PM Boris John­son is stick­ing to his Brexit plan and will not seek a de­lay to Britain’s de­par­ture from the EU at a sum­mit next month, two of his min­is­ters said on Sun­day fol­low­ing a res­ig­na­tion from his gov­ern­ment. Af­ter work and pen­sions min­is­ter Am­ber Rudd’s res­ig­na­tion on Satur­day over John­son’s Brexit pol­icy, two min­is­ters said the PM was de­ter­mined to “keep to the plan” to leave the EU by Oc­to­ber 31with or with­out a deal. John­son’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to leave “do or die” by that dead­line has been shaken by the events of re­cent days. He has lost his Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment’s ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment, ex­pelled 21 party rebels and failed to force through a new elec­tion. Satur­day’s res­ig­na­tion of Am­ber Rudd as work and pen­sions min­is­ter over what she de­scribed as the gov­ern­ment’s fo­cus on pre­par­ing for a no-deal Brexit has height­ened the sense of cri­sis.

On Sun­day, Rudd de­nied she was ac­cus­ing the gov­ern­ment of ly­ing over its efforts to ne­go­ti­ate a Brexit deal. “I am say­ing that 80 to 90% of the work that I can see go­ing on on the EU re­la­tion­ship is about prepa­ra­tion for no deal. It’s about dis­pro­por­tion,” she told BBC.

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