FRANCE will refuse another Brexit delay as the Foreign Minister blasted “we’re not going to do this everything three months” today.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian claimed British politicians were stuck in a “dead end” as the October 31 Brexit deadline loomed.
The House of Lords passed a bill on Friday effectively blocking a No Deal Brexit, paving the way for it to become law despite PM Boris Johnson saying he would rather “die in a ditch” than to delay the deadline.
And speaking this morning to Europe 1, Mr Le Drian said given the current situation, France would reject any extension.
He said: “The British say they want to come up with alternative solutions for withdrawal and no-deal, we have not seen them, so it’s ‘no’, we’re not going to do it every three months.”
And the irritated minister slammed the situation in Britain as “disturbing”.
He added: “There’s no majority for anything.”
France’s declaration comes after it was revealed Boris Johnson was plotting to paralyse EU decision-making in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock.
The PM will turn the tables on stubborn Brussels chiefs to provoke them into kicking Britain out.
Reports suggested he will refuse to appoint a new European Commissioner, forcing them to extend our membership beyond October 31.
This will mean they are not legally constituted because it must have 28 commissioners, one from each member state. And if they try to reduce the number, Mr Johnson will use his power of veto to block it.
That will leave the EU unable to carry out any useful function and stop colluding with Remainer MPs to thwart the referendum result.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister was warned he could face jail if he refuses a law to delay Brexit.
The PM – urged to become a Brexit ‘martyr’ by former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith – had insisted he would “never” postpone the looming October 31 deadline.
The bill orders Mr Johnson to ask for a Brexit delay until January 31 next year if no agreement has been reached by October 19 and MPs do not back No Deal.
When asked if jail time would be an “extreme outcome”, MacDonald told Sky News: “It is by convention that if you are found guilty of defying a court order then you are jailed.”
“A refusal in the face of that would amount to contempt of court which could find that person in prison.”
BoJo yesterday wrote to Tory members saying he would not carry out Parliament’s instructions to ask for another extension – saying he was only bound “in theory” by the law passed on Friday.
He added: “They just passed a law that would force me to beg Brussels for an extension to the Brexit deadline. This is something I will never do.”
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On Monday Mr Johnson will make a second attempt to trigger a by-election – and warn of the consequences if they don’t.
An insider said: “The strategy of Jeremy Corbyn and others is to force the PM to break his promise to leave the EU and get someone else to do the dirty work of extending. But it won’t wash.”
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