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The stark Brexit choice is now delay or no deal

Legal preconditions for a deal cannot be met before 31st October

By Jolyon Maugham  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech at the Convention of the North at the Magna Centre in Rotherham. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday September 13, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

If the prime minister is to be taken at his word that we will leave the EU come what may on 31st October 2019, we will be leaving without a deal. There are a number of pre-conditions imposed by both United Kingdom and European law to the completion of a deal—and the simple reality is that there is not time prior to 31st October to meet them.

The context

The prime minister has been clear that he will not re-present to parliament for…

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