A NO-DEAL Brexit is still a very real possibility – as Boris Johnson says we will leave the EU "no ifs, no buts."
Boris is prepared to leave without a deal if it's the only way we can exit on time, but what would this mean for the UK and will we even leave the EU? Here's what we know.
What is a No Deal Brexit?
A No Deal departure from the European Union means leaving without formal arrangements for the future relationship or any transition period.
Currently Britain's trade, customs and immigration rules are tied up with the single market and a host of EU regulatory bodies.
The UK will automatically head towards a No Deal if no agreement is made with the EU on a withdrawal deal by October 31, 2019.
What has Boris Johnson said about a No Deal Brexit?
Boris Johnson said he will drop the Irish backstop and "turbo-boost" plans for a No Deal Brexit.
He said Britain would leave the EU "come what may" by Halloween.
Johnson has said he considers the threat of a No Deal Brexit an important bargaining tool.
During a visit to Scotland on July 29, 2019, Mr Johnson told Sky News: The backstop is no good. It's dead. It has got to go.
"The withdrawal agreement is dead, it's got to go. But there is scope to do a new deal."
He added: "My assumption is that we can get a deal, we are aiming for a deal."
Boris said at the launch of his campaign that he was "not aiming for a no-deal outcome" for Brexit but the threat of no deal was a "vital" negotiation tool.
He insisted the UK "must do better" than the deal served up by EU bosses.
The withdrawal agreement is dead, it's got to go. But there is scope to do a new deal
Johnson has no plans to meet EU leaders for a charm offensive this summer – unless they say they will be willing to re-open Brexit talks.
Instead he will give them the cold shoulder for up to a month as he dramatically ramps up preparations to leave the EU without a deal in October.
John Bercow vowed he would refuse to let the new Tory PM take Britain out of the EU by suspending Parliament.
The Commons Speaker said he would fight any attempt to prorogue Parliament with “every bone in my body”.
However, on Wednesday, August 28 Johnson successfully prorogued parliament.
The move saw Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson resign, along with Life Peer and MP for North West Hampshire, Lord Young.
Although Ruth cited wanting to spend more time with her family in her resignation, sources close to the Scot suggest her relationship with the PM was strained due to clashing ideas on Brexit.
Young outright said he thought Johnson's eagerness for a no-deal was "rash".
Mr Johnson’s chief strategist Dominic Cummings has previously suggested the Prime Minister could call a general election after October 31, even if he lost a no-confidence motion, allowing for a no-deal Brexit whilst Parliament is dissolved.
How could the UK still leave the EU?
The UK is bound to leave the EU by October 31, 2019, after a seven-month extension was granted.
Boris Johnson would have to renegotiate a deal that's acceptable both to the EU and to Parliament – which his predecessor Theresa May failed to do three times.
But Bojo's shown little appetite for striking a separate deal with the EU.
With with less than three months to go, a No Deal is looking increasingly likely.
Jeremy Corbyn said 'The House has definitely ruled out no deal'
What happens if there is no Brexit deal?
To avoid a No Deal, the UK government would have to pass a Brexit divorce plan into law, obtain another extension from the EU, or cancel Brexit.
Under a No Deal scenario, Britain will crash out of the EU with no transition period to ensure a smooth crossover.
The 310 mile frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic could become a hard border if no other arrangement is made – which could be catastrophic for the region.
The UK will immediately have to leave EU institutions including the European Court of Justice and Europol.
Businesses would lose their passporting rights, which allow them to sell their services across the EU without having to obtain licences in each individual country.
The UK will no longer contribute to the EU budget – currently about £9bn a year.
Under a No Deal, there would be no time to bring in a UK-EU trade deal.
Instead, trade would initially have to be on terms set by the World Trade Organisation.
This means tariffs will apply to most goods UK business send to the EU, which could make those goods less competitive.
What is the Government doing to prepare for a No Deal?
Boris Johsnon has announced an extra £2.1 billion of funding to prepare for a No Deal, which is doubling the amount of money set aside this year.
Ministers had previously announced plans for troops on the street and emergency ferries to cope with this scenario.
They had already unveiled the post-Brexit immigration system, which will end preferential treatment for EU migrants.
Johnson has tasked Michael Gove with preparing for a No Deal Brexit.
He also assured the 3.2million EU nationals living in Britain that "under this government you will get the absolute certainty of the rights to live and remain."
Bojo's Brexit chief broke his silence on a No Deal Brexit on August 7.
Dominic Cummings spoke for the first time since entering Downing Street.
Caught on camera by Sky News as he left his basement flat, he said: “The most simple thing is, the Prime Minster believes that politicians don’t get to choose which votes they respect. That’s the critical issue.”
What was the result of the No Deal Brexit vote in March?
On March 13, MPs dramatically rejected crashing out of the European Union without a deal at any time and under any circumstances.
Politicians voted 312 to 308 to reject leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
But, it's not a legally-binding decision, and doesn't rule out the UK leaving the bloc – especially now Boris Johnson is in charge.
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