More than three years since the United Kingdom voted 52-48 to be the first sovereign country to leave the European project, Boris Johnson will try to win parliament’s approval for the divorce treaty he struck in Brussels on Thursday.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney warned on Friday that time was running out for Britain and the European Union to hammer out a divorce deal with the British Brexit minister also saying the moment of truth was approaching.
For the second time in a week, lawmakers then rejected Boris Johnson’s request to try to break the deadlock through an early national election.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday challenged Britain to come up with alternatives to the Irish border backstop within 30 days, but French President Emmanuel Macron cautioned there would be no renegotiation of the Brexit deal.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson installed other loyalists in place of cabinet members who backed May’s efforts to ram through an unpopular European divorce deal.