U.K. Parties Agree To Stop No-Deal Brexit
Britain's opposition parties say they have agreed to work together to try and prevent a no-deal Brexit, including through passing legislation or holding a vote of no-confidence in the government.
Parliament returns from its summer break next week and is preparing for a battle with new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has vowed to take Britain out of the European Union at the end of October, with or without an exit agreement.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hosted talks with the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the Independent Group for Change on Tuesday to discuss tactics to prevent a no-deal exit.
"The attendees agreed on the urgency to act together to find practical ways to prevent No Deal, including the possibility of passing legislation and a vote of no-confidence," the parties said in a joint statement after the meeting.
Meanwhile, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has offered Prime Minister Boris Johnson the possibility of an electoral non-aggression pact if he goes for a no-deal EU exit, but warned that any Brexit fudge would provoke opposition across the UK.
"We would put country before party and we would do it every time," Farage said of the scenario in which Johnson goes for a no-deal Brexit but faced an election.
"We would be prepared in those circumstances to help him, to work with him, perhaps, I don't know, in the form of a non-aggression pact at the election," he said on Tuesday.
Farage said a "a clean break Brexit" on October 31 was the most popular option among voters but he questioned whether Johnson could be trusted on Brexit.
The EU Withdrawal Agreement, Farage said, was the worst deal in history even without the Irish border backstop.
Farage said he suspected Johnson would try to get an amended Withdrawal Agreement passed by the British parliament.
"There is a better than 50 per cent chance that we'll face a general election in the autumn," Farage said.