The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs says there are talks going on in Brussels to try and prevent a No Deal Brexit after Boris Johnson has suspended parliament.
Stephan Blok said there were serious discussions on Wednesday, but the parties still have to bridge their differences over the terms of the withdrawal agreement.
& # 39; We are not there yet & # 39 ;, Mr. Blok told an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Finland, which is also attended by foreign minister Dominic Raab.
Stephan Blok, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that there were & # 39; serious conversations & # 39; on the Brexit in Brussels following Mr Johnson's decision to suspend parliament, but no new deal has been reached
Mr Blok spoke with reporters from an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Helsinki, attended by the British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab
Johnson told the EU that he would not accept a deal that contained a version of the Irish backlog – which would effectively keep the UK in a customs union with the EU – while European leaders insisted that the terms of the deal should not change.
The Tory leader raised the heat in Europe on Wednesday when he suspended parliament for some time in the week from September 9 to October 14.
The move, which falls within parliamentary law, but by critics as a & # 39; coup d'etat & # 39; is intended to limit the amount of time that rebels must take to enact laws that would bind Mr. Johnson in negotiations or overthrow his government.
Johnson hopes that the threat of a No Deal exit, which the EU admits is not in its interest, will force Europe to reopen negotiations.
The UK's best negotiator, David Frost, is in Brussels for technical talks with diplomats in an effort to make some progress.
Mina Andreeva, spokesperson for the EU Commission, said Wednesday that the EU will review any proposal that the UK offers & # 39; compatible with & # 39; the withdrawal agreement it has reached with former Prime Minister Theresa May.
The European Union itself remains far away from the turmoil caused by Mr Johnson's decision – but key Brexit officer Guy Verhofstadt said on Wednesday that Brexiteers' promises to take control back & # 39; never looked so sinister.
& # 39; As a fellow parliamentarian, (my) solidarity is with those who fight to hear their voice & # 39 ;, said the Belgian MEP on Twitter.
& # 39; Suppression of the debate on in-depth choices is unlikely to contribute to a stable future relationship between the EU and the UK. & # 39;
French MEP Nathalie Loiseau, former minister of Europe, said: & We are going to see a Brexit without agreement and moreover a Brexit without debate.
Top European politicians responded with a mixture of disbelief, anger and sadness after Boris Johnson announced that he would suspend parliament in the run-up to Brexit on October 31
& # 39; What disease does British democracy suffer to be afraid of debate before taking one of the most important decisions in its history? & # 39;
Former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said it makes me very sad to see what Brexit is doing to one of the great democracies of our time & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Please remain calm and use common sense, & # 39; he added.
Norbert Rottgen, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Parliament, said: & # 39; Johnson argues that respect for democracy is the implementation of Brexit & # 39; do or die & # 39; prescribes on October 31.
& # 39; As a fellow parliamentarian and democrat, I wonder: how does respect for democracy go together with the suspension of Parliament?! & # 39;
Dutch MEP Sophie in & # 39; t Veld said: & # 39; Suspending the parliament is in fact the suspension of democracy and the voice of the people.
& # 39; Nothing less than an anti-democratic power grab. It makes the slogan & # 39; take back control & # 39; pretty sinister. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson told his cabinet that the EU would think & # 39; these guys are really serious & # 39; after parliament was suspended, and added that Brussels would rather offer Britain a deal if it thought parliament could no longer frustrate the Brexit & # 39; & # 39 ;.
Although Johnson insists that the reason for the suspension is that he can introduce a new legislative agenda, he added that events in parliament have a & # 39; direct impact & # 39; on the Brexit negotiations.
He insisted that his decision & # 39; emphatically not & # 39; was about bypassing MPs, but acknowledging that it was a & # 39; huge difference & # 39; in the negotiations with Brussels as soon as the threat of MPs to stop Brexit was removed.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that & # 39; this is a parliamentary procedure in Britain that is being discussed vigorously and about which the German government will not comment & & # 39 ;.
During a telephone meeting with his cabinet yesterday, Mr. Johnson said that the message that it would send to Brussels is that No Deal remained a real option and would help the negotiations
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Commons Leader, challenged pro-European opponents on Thursday to either change the law to prevent a No Deal Brexit or otherwise overthrow the government
Jeremy Corbyn (pictured today) accused the prime minister of launching a & collapse and grabbed against our democracy & # 39 ;. He threatened to dispel Mr. Johnson with a vote of no confidence and to install himself as an interim leader followed by a general election and a second referendum
The Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said on Wednesday that he believes it is too late to renegotiate Britain's departure agreement from the European Union.
Coveney said that there would not be enough time for the departure date from Great Britain on October 31 & even if we & # 39; wanted to reopen the negotiations.
He estimated to work out a new deal and get it approved by EU leaders and UK lawmakers & # 39; it would take six or eight weeks. & # 39;
However, Coveney says that Ireland is ready to study alternatives to a & # 39; backstop & # 39; after the Brexit, aimed at avoiding a new border between Ireland of the EU and Northern Ireland of the United Kingdom.
He noted the importance of maintaining peace on an & # 39; island with a tragic and violent history & # 39 ;.
The new UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is opposed to the backstop provisions in the deal of his predecessor, who did not receive parliamentary approval.
Coveney said that any alternative Irish border arrangement should do the same work as the backstop & # 39 ;.
DUP leader Arlene Foster said in a statement that & # 39; we welcome the decision to hold a Queen's speech on the occasion of a new parliamentary session on October 14, where the government will prepare its new national legislative agenda. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; we will continue our work with the Prime Minister to strengthen the Union, make a sensible deal if we leave the EU and restore deconcentration in Northern Ireland & # 39 ;.
Jacob Rees-Mogg told MPs lagging behind that they have two ways to stop a No Deal Brexit, as he presented an extraordinary challenge after Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament.
The Commons Leader said that Mr. Johnson's political opponents could either try to pass a law to prevent the UK from leaving the EU without an agreement on October 31 or they could try to overthrow the government.
He seemed to be taunting European members of parliament because he suggested that they were not the & # 39; courage or the gumption & # 39; had to act.
His comments are likely to fuel the fire of what was already a volatile atmosphere in Westminster after MPs responded with great anger to Mr. Johnson's plan to close Parliament for five weeks.
US President Donald Trump says it will be difficult for the leader of Britain's largest opposition party to seek a confidential vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Brexit.
Labor party leader Jeremy Corbyn and other opponents of the conservative party's government cleared up Wednesday after the prime minister had suspended parliament for about a month.
Queen Elizabeth II granted Johnson's request to do exactly that, which meant that the opposition had to shorten the time to remove the United Kingdom from the European Union on October 31, even if it did not have a withdrawal agreement with the EU.
Johnson is a strong Brexit supporter.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday & # 39; it would be very difficult & # 39; for Corbyn to get a vote without confidence & especially since Boris is exactly what the UK was looking for, and will prove to be & # 39; a great! & # 39; Love U.K. & # 39;
A diagram showing what could happen after Boris Johnson announced that Parliament would be announced from mid-September to a Queen's speech in mid-October
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