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#1st October 2019

The month we are supposedly set to leave the European Union is upon us. The Gov.UK website tells us “we will leave the EU on 31 October 2019”. A lot will happen between now and then to decide if that eventuality really is reached.

The Government is still clinging on to its hopes of securing a Brexit deal. For a deal to ever come to fruition, a solution to the backstop needs to be found. Overnight, it was suggested the Government has considered creating “customs clearance zones” in Northern Ireland and Ireland, as part of its proposals put to the EU, before the crucial summit on 17 October. 

Boris was quick to reject the overnight news of customs clearance zones as “confused” and “not right” in his interviews this morning. It seems we are no closer to a clear solution to the backstop issue, but the PM believes a “very good offer” has been tabled.

Johnson said: “We have made some pretty big moves, we are waiting to see whether our European friends will help us and whether we can find the right landing zone.” As always, caution must be exercised when relying on good faith from the European Union. History tells us traps will be laid, Boris must be wise to EU tricks and continue to prepare for a no deal scenario. 

Despite looking to undermine the Government at every turn, opposition parties have confirmed they will not call for a vote of confidence this week. Caroline Lucas said the parties were “united about stopping no-deal.” Corbyn gave a typically weak and vague comment on this issue: “all options are in play” said the Labour leader, whilst admitting opposition parties were hugely divided politically.

It is clear the opposition want to stop Brexit full stop, let alone a ‘no deal’.

The opposition will look to frustrate and delay a clean Brexit by any means necessary except democracy. They are running scared from the British public, who still want a true Brexit.

The clock is ticking down to October 31st. Boris will have to be clever to fend off a Remainer parliament and a devious EU. Let us hope this is the last month the UK spends trapped inside the European Union.