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UK election risks and opportunities could shape Brexit

Friday, August 30, 2019

Significance

His move has significantly raised the political and constitutional stakes in the battle to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Impacts

  • If Ireland proposed a time-limited backstop to avert a no-deal crisis, Brussels might accept it.
  • Johnson wants to create the impression of progress in talks on the backstop, to deter rebel Conservatives from siding with the opposition.
  • Prorogation will galvanise the opposition parties into a tighter relationship.
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