PM sticking to Brexit plan, will not seek delay
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.