Boris Johnson set to face challenges over Brexit deal

The Brexit  deal might not see the light of day on October 31st 2019,  after the parliament prepared for a showdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson that could end in a snap election.

According to reports, members of Johnson’s own Conservative party are preparing to join opposition lawmakers in a vote to try to force a delay to Britain’s exit from the European Union if he cannot secure a divorce deal with Brussels in the next few weeks.

Johnson who took office less than six weeks ago  has said he wants Britain to leave on October 31 with or without an agreement on how to end almost half a century of EU membership.

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His decision to suspend parliament for over a month starting next week so that MPs do not try to hinder his progress has stirred outrage and is being challenged in three separate courts.

The pound is trading at its lowest level since 2016 on fears of the unknown that a “no-deal Brexit” can bring.

And the crisis might end up splintering Britain’s two main parties.

“If ultimately the prime minister and leader of my party is doing something which I think is so fundamentally wrong, then I can’t continue supporting it,” Dominic Grieve, a rebel Conservative MP, told BBC television.

“I simply do not see the Conservative party surviving in its current form if we continue behaving like this towards each other.”

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Source: AFP

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