Boris Johnson’s plan for a Brexit deal will be delivered to Brussels today with a message that there will be no delay beyond the October 31 deadline.
The British Prime Minister will use his speech at the Conservative Party Conference to say “we can, we must and we will” get Brexit done because voters feel they are being “taken for fools” by Westminster’s politicians.
British officials have made clear to EU counterparts that the legal texts which will be presented to the European Union are a final offer and unless Brussels is prepared to engage there will be no more talks until after Brexit.
The Prime Minister will restate his commitment to the October 31 date despite legislation aimed at preventing him taking the UK out of the EU without a deal unless he has the consent of Parliament.
In his speech in Manchester, the Prime Minister will say: “Voters are desperate for us to focus on their other priorities – what people want, what leavers want, what remainers want, what the whole world wants – is to move on.
“That is why we are coming out of the EU on October 31. Let’s get Brexit done – we can, we must and we will.”
It has also been reported Mr Johnson will unveil a “two borders for four years” plan today that will leave Northern Ireland in a relationship with Europe until 2025, according to The Daily Telegraph.
“Major EU capitals” have already been briefed about the plan, which accepts the need for both a regulatory border between Britain and Northern Ireland in the Irish Sea for four years and customs checks between the North and South of Ireland, the paper reports.
However, Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, speaking late on Tuesday night, said this was “no basis for an agreement” and “concerning to say the least”.
“I read that Prime Minister Johnson is going to bring forward a proposal tomorrow. Some are even saying he has been briefing certain EU capitals in relation to these ideas since Tuesday. We haven’t seen anything,” Mr Coveney said on Virgin One’s Tonight Show.
A senior Number 10 official said: “The Government is either going to be negotiating a new deal or working on no deal – nobody will work on delay.
“We will keep fighting to respect the biggest democratic vote in British history.”
In a message to British MPs seeking to prevent the Prime Minister leaving without a deal on October 31, the source said: “The EU is obliged by EU law only to negotiate with member state governments, they cannot negotiate with Parliament, and this government will not negotiate delay.”
“My friends, I am afraid that after three-and-a-half years people are beginning to feel that they are being taken for fools.
“They are beginning to suspect that there are forces in this country that simply don’t want Brexit delivered at all.
“And if they turn out to be right in that suspicion then I believe there will be grave consequences for trust in democracy.
“Let’s get Brexit done on October 31 so in 2020 our country can move on.”
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 1, 2019
Mr Johnson’s speech will close a party conference which has been beset by difficulties.
The Prime Minister has had to contend with allegations he squeezed journalist Charlotte Edwardes’ thigh at a dinner in 1999 – a claim he denied despite admitting he did not remember the lunch where the incident is purported to have occurred.
He has also been dogged by questions about his alleged affair with American entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri and whether he granted her preferential treatment while he was mayor of London – he has insisted nothing improper took place.
The penultimate day of the Tory conference, which was supposed to focus on law and order, descended into chaos as parts of the venue were locked down by security as a result of a kerfuffle involving senior MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.
The Cotswolds MP was subsequently ordered home in disgrace by Tory HQ for his “totally unacceptable” conduct after an altercation with security sparked by an attempt to take his fiancee into a restricted area without the required pass.