Boris Johnson ramps up no-deal Brexit plans ahead of Scotland trip

Boris Johnson is in Scotland to launch a growth fund

Monday, July 29, 2019

Boris Johnson has stepped up preparations for a no-deal Brexit ahead of his first visit to Scotland as Prime Minister.

Over the weekend Mr Johnson created a set of new government committees to meet his “do or die” deadline of October 31.

The Daily Operations Committee, led by Michael Gove, will meet every weekday and is responsible for overseeing the government’s Brexit arrangements.

Mr Gove said the committee will “agree actions, make decisions and solve problems, and all with specific deadlines”.

The Prime Minister will lead the Exit, Economy and Trade Committee, which will focus on Britain’s relationship with the world post-Brexit.

He is in Scotland today to announce £300 million in funding for communities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Mr Johnson said it is “vital we renew the ties that bind our United Kingdom”.

“Our Union is the most successful political and economic union in history. We are a global brand and together we are safer, stronger and more prosperous,” he said.

He can expect a chilly reception up north, with one SNP MP branding him the “last Prime Minister of the UK”.

Newly installed Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said the funding pledge was “great news” and will create jobs.

However a spokesman for Scotland's finance secretary, SNP MSP Derek Mackay, said the £300 million fund falls well short of what is needed.

“In the face of a no-deal Brexit which would push the UK and Scotland into recession and put hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk, Boris Johnson appears to be fiddling while Rome burns,” he said.

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