Johnson Criticized Over U.K.-U.S. Spat and Brexit Strategy

An extraordinary diplomatic row cast a shadow over U.K.-U.S. relations and the Conservative Party leadership contest, while a former U.K. prime minister vowed to challenge any attempt force through a no-deal Brexit.

Former Prime Minister John Major told the BBC July 10 that it would be “simply not acceptable” for the new prime minister to seek to prorogue Parliament to deliver a no-deal Brexit by October 31.

Members of Parliament opposed to a no-deal Brexit aim to use parliamentary procedure to block such an outcome. However, during a July 9 televised debate, Boris Johnson, the front-runner in the Conservative leadership contest, refused to rule out proroguing Parliament — bringing the parliamentary session to an end — should he become prime minister. “We must stick to [the October 31] deadline,” he said.

My news story for Tax Notes Daily International (paywall), July 11:

Johnson Criticized Over U.K.-U.S. Spat and Brexit Strategy