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Morning Brief: Is Britain Really Headed for a No-Deal Brexit? Is Britain Really Headed for a No-Dea...
Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: Boris Johnson’s government continues to threaten to go through with a no-deal Brexit, presidential primary results jolt Argentina’s economy, and Italy’s Senate meets to set a date for a no-confidence vote.
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton begins a second day of meetings today in London, where on Monday he made clear that the United States would continue to support Britain in the event of a no-deal Brexit—even intimating that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump would be quick to establish a free-trade deal with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government.
Johnson remains at an impasse with the European Union over renegotiating Britain’s departure deal, and this week British diplomats are expected to stop attending day-to-day meetings in Brussels. Critics worry their absence will simply leave Britain out of critical EU decisions, the Guardian reports. (There are around 150 diplomats lobbying for British interests in Brussels.)
What is Boris Johnson’s strategy? Since Johnson took office last month, it has seemed as if Britain was barreling toward a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31. But the prime minister’s strategy might be counterintuitive, Aleks Eror argues in FP: He could be forcing Parliament to block no-deal so that he can seek another extension of the deadline.
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