British PM Johnson’s top team meet to plot Brexit gambit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet his Brexiteer-dominated team of senior ministers for the first time on Thursday to plot how to persuade the European Union to agree to a new Brexit deal ahead of the Oct. 31 exit deadline.

Johnson’s dramatic rise to Britain’s top job sets the world’s fifth largest economy up for a showdown with the EU and a potential constitutional crisis – or election – at home, as lawmakers have vowed to thwart a no-deal Brexit.

Britain’s new leader promised to do a new Brexit deal with the bloc within less than 99 days but warned that if EU leaders refused – what he termed a “remote possibility” – then Britain would leave without a deal, “no ifs or buts”.

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