Renegotiate Withdrawal Deal
Johnson wants to scrap the deal Theresa May struck and restructure the whole negotiation that was agreed at the start of the process.
Obstacles: The EU has repeatedly said it’s not prepared to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement, and it’s the only deal on the table. It’s also said a backstop must be part of any withdrawal accord, because it wants to lock in a guarantee that no hard border will emerge. The exit bill is also part of the divorce deal, and is due to be paid whatever trade terms are eventually negotiated. EU law dictates that Brexit should happen in two parts: First the exit negotiation, and once the U.K. has left, formal trade talks can begin.
Leave on Oct. 31
Standstill Period After Brexit
Use WTO rules if EU won’t cooperate
Oddly, Bloomberg's options don't include 'general election', which is widely seen as possible as the Conservatives' majority is set to shrink to just one vote (and that's with Northern Irish DUP's votes included). Many expect that Johnson will be stuck in a similar impasse to May's and that he will need to call a general election - much like May once did - to strengthen his mandate. A group of strategists at UBS believe a general election toward the end of the year has the highest probability of all these outcomes, and many suspect that the odds of a vote and, once it's declared, the polls, will have a similar impact on UK markets that the original pre-referendum Brexit polls had.
Boris Johnson makes sweeping cabinet changes. Half are gone, more coming. He reiterates his promise to deliver Brexit.