European Union plans to offer Boris Johnson no-deal Brexit extension

No-deal Brexit risks deepening U.K. recession: budget watchdog

No-deal Brexit risks deepening U.K. recession: budget watchdog

British lawmakers on Thursday July 18, 2019, put a substantial roadblock in the path of any attempt by a Brexit-backing prime minister to take the country out of the European Union without a divorce deal.

British parliamentarians dealt a blow on Thursday both to the dying embers of Prime Minister Theresa May's administration and to the likely next leader Boris Johnson even before he's been confirmed.

"I'm not going to comment on our programme", Mr Johnson said, when asked at a hustings event when he would introduce a Queen's Speech.

Britain might be entering a full-blown recession and a no-deal Brexit could more than double the country's budget deficit next year, the watchdog for public finances said today.

The fact that the bill passed the commons with a majority of 41 and led to abstentions by some government ministers (normally required to actively support the government's position) will also concentrate minds in the new administration when Hunt or (more probably) Johnson is announced as Conservative Party leader and PM by the end of next week. Other notable rebels included Chancellor Philip Hammond, Justice Secretary David Gauke and former Tory leadership contender Rory Stewart, who all abstained.

In return, junior U.K. Brexit minister Martin Callanan accused Timmermans of spreading "childish insults" about the British negotiating stance.

In addition to these 17, a further 30 Tory MPs - including six Cabinet ministers - did not cast a vote.

Margot James, a junior government minister for the digital economy, resigned to vote in favour of the law.

The vote was on an amendment to legislation relating to Northern Ireland and requires parliament to meet on a regular basis to discuss the progress of talks on restoring the Northern Ireland Assembly, which collapsed in 2017.

PM spokesman James Slack told reporters: "We have been very clear that the objective of the bill is to ensure the continuation of vital public services, adding that that amendment "risks being counterproductive to the overarching aim".

MPs will meet the EU's chief negotiator later to call for United Kingdom citizens' rights to be protected in a no-deal Brexit.

Ursula von der Leyen will replace Jean-Claude Juncker as Brussels' top official on 1 November, the day after Brexit is due to take place, after her appointment was narrowly approved by MEPs on Tuesday.

Under this no-deal Brexit scenario analysed by the OBR, there would be tariffs of 4% imposed on goods traded with the EU.

She said: "We don't want a hard Brexit, it's a bad outcome for both sides". But she indicated no readiness to budge on the basic divorce deal that the British Parliament has rejected three times, saying "the withdrawal agreement is the withdrawal agreement".

The Commons Exiting the European Union Committee heard evidence from the pharmaceutical industry that a no-deal Brexit would be a "leap into the unknown", potentially putting patient safety at risk and increasing costs for the NHS.