British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to hold bilateral meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday and Wednesday, and later US President Donald J. Trump, before meeting all G7 leaders in France next weekend.
Johnson is expected to reiterate that the UK will leave the European Union on 31 October deadline, which leaves little room for negotiating a new withdrawal deal. In addition, Johnson will make clear that the UK does not intend to hold a second referendum on EU membership.
The European Commission has repeatedly made clear that the deal concluded with former British Prime Minister Theresa May cannot be renegotiated, despite being thrice rejected by parliament.
According to a cross-departmental report leaked to the Sunday Times, the UK faces shortages of food, medicine, and fuel in the event of a no-deal. The Times article suggests that up 85% of lorries using the main channel crossings “may not be ready” for French customs.
Further complicating matters is the push back by a group of conservatives, liberals, labour, independents, Welsh and Scottish nationalists who believe a no-deal scenario would trigger an economic crisis, but the group has thus far failed to agree on a single strategy to stop the prospect of a disorderly Brexit.
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to submit a vote of no confidence and form an alternative interim government that will seek another Brexit delay to organise a second referendum.
Liberals and Greens will not accept his leadership in an interim unity government, although the left-leaning Scottish nationalists have taken not taken the option off the table.