A ‘worst-case scenario’ report by the Government this week said a no deal exit would entangle cross-Channel trade routes, and disrupt supplies of medicines and fresh food. “Mr Johnson has to find an accord; he no longer has a choice. He cannot force through Brexit, because if he does, it would be extremely serious for British democracy, and I don’t think he would be able to face up to the consequences,” law professor and Brexit expert Aurélien Antoine told the French daily Le Figaro. A Brexit deal is the “best way to move forward,” he said.
“We tend to forget this because things have moved very fast this week, but Mr Johnson still has five weeks ahead of him to negotiate. He can still find a deal with the EU, one he can add gloss to and present in a favourable light to voters.”
A chaotic, no deal Brexit is now “highly unlikely,” Mr Antoine continued.
He said: “Boris Johnson keeps saying that the UK will leave the bloc on October 31, that he has no other choice but to stay the course. But that’s a political stance.
“I don’t see on which grounds he could challenge the law. I don’t see him taking the matter to court.”
An “accidental” no deal, however, is still on the cards, he added.
“If Mr Johnson quits and a new government cannot be formed before October 31, and if no one asks the European Council for a delay, we could end up with a ‘Brexit by accident’.
“A no deal could also happen if a member state vetoes another delay. An unlikely scenario, but one that cannot be ruled out.”
A snap election would work in the prime minister’s favour, he