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Boris Johnson has set the UK on an apparent course towards a no-deal Brexit by playing down the likelihood of any talks with the EU unless Brussels agrees to scrap the existing withdrawal agreement and Irish backstop, both of which it has ruled out.
The seemingly intransigent tone prompted Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, to warn that a no-deal departure could lead more people in Northern Ireland to seek a united Ireland.
Johnson’s spokesman said there were no talks with the EU scheduled, and that if they happened it must be “clear what the basis for those discussions needs to be” – a message the new PM then delivered personally to Angela Merkel.
According to No 10, Johnson told the German chancellor in a phone call on Friday that while he would seek a deal, the “only solution” involved entirely scrapping the backstop, and that in the interim the UK must prepare for the prospect of there being no deal.
Asked earlier if Johnson’s team had sought any talks with Brussels, a Downing Street spokesman said: “What we’ve done is set out our position and say that we are very ready and will be energetic in beginning talking, but we’re also clear-eyed about what needs to happen if we are going to be able to secure a deal which parliament can support.
“As I say, we are ready to begin talking, but we are clear what the basis for those discussions needs to be.”

The approach from Johnson, who spent Friday visiting a police centre in Birmingham to tout his domestic promise of 20,000 new officers, will boost speculation about a deliberate attempt by a No 10 now packed with former Vote Leave alumni to scupper any negotiated settlement.
With a seeming majority in the Commons set on blocking a no-deal departure on 31 October, this could create an impasse in which Johnson could declare an autumn election, for which he will be styled as the champion of Brexit.
The strategy does, however, carry risks, not least to the integrity of the UK, even as No 10 confirmed that Johnson would carry the extra, self-appointed title of “minister for the union”.
On the visit to Birmingham, Johnson tried to scotch speculation that he was preparing for a general election, saying he would “absolutely not” call for another vote. The prime minister said: “The British people … don’t want another electoral event, they don’t want a referendum, they don’t want a general election. They want us to deliver.”
While Johnson has no plans for talks with Brussels, he has spoken to Donald Trump, who called him on Friday evening to congratulate him on his new role and discuss the “unparalleled” trade opportunities offered by Brexit. The US president, who has publicly praised Johnson on numerous occasions, also discussed the Iran crisis.
Downing Street said: “The leaders both expressed their commitment to delivering an ambitious free trade agreement and to starting negotiations as soon as possible after the UK leaves the EU.”
However, at an event on Friday in Co Donegal, Varadkar warned that a no-deal Brexit could make some in Northern Ireland “question the union”. “People who you might describe as moderate nationalists or moderate Catholics, who were more or less happy with the status quo, will look more towards a united Ireland,” he said.
“And we will increasingly see liberal Protestants and liberal unionists starting to ask the question as to where they feel more at home: is it in a nationalist Britain that is talking about potentially reintroducing the death penalty, or something like that, or is it part of a European home and part of Ireland?”
Johnson is likely to face some turbulent encounters with other EU leaders, including at next month’s G7 summit in France. Following Johnson’s call with Merkel, a German spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer, said he had also accepted an invitation to visit Berlin.
He is expected to combine it with a visit to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to whom he also also spoken. Political insiders in Berlin say the visit could take place as early as next week, but no date has been announced.
Michael Roth, Germany’s minister of state for Europe, said Johnson was mistaken “to believe that the European Union will let itself be blackmailed”. He told the TV channel ZDF: “My message to the new British prime minister is very clear. Boris, the election campaign is over. Just calm down.”
Following Johnson’s talk with Macron, France’s minister for European affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, said both sides should avoid “games, gestures and provocations” with just three months to go before the UK is due to leave the EU.
On the domestic front, Johnson is due to make the latest in a series of ambitious, if so far vague and uncosted, new policies, this time for a new trans-Pennine rail route between Manchester and Leeds.
At a speech in Manchester on Saturday, Johnson was expected to say: “It will be up to local people and us to come to an agreement on the exact proposal they want – but I have tasked officials to accelerate their work on these plans so that we are ready to do a deal in the autumn.”
The coming weeks, however, look set to be dominated by what could descend into a Brexit standoff, with a united EU27 adamant that there is no time to rewrite the withdrawal agreement, and that the backstop is the only proven way to avoid the risk of a hard Irish border.
Pressed on whether Johnson’s stance meant, in effect, that the process was deadlocked, his spokesman said the UK’s priority remained to leave with a deal. “But it is very clear that if we are going to be able to secure a deal that allows us to leave on 31 October, which the prime minister has said we are absolutely going to do, that is going to mean reopening the withdrawal agreement,” he said.
Johnson must also factor in concerns about his strategy from worried Conservatives, given that he has a working Commons majority of just three, which seems set to fall further after the Brecon and Radnorshire byelection next week.
Tobias Ellwood, the junior defence minister, who strongly opposes a no-deal departure, was sacked from his post on Friday. He later told the Press Association that while “pure Brexiteers” on the Conservative benches wanted no deal, “the damage to our economy will send our party into opposition for a decade”.

Glad Boris is sending a clear message to the EU, maybe we have the right man in the nick of time.


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The head of the UK's biggest charitable funder of scientific research has written to the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson backing his vision of a thriving science sector, but warning that leaving the EU without a deal is a "threat to that".
In a letter, seen by the BBC, chairwoman of the Wellcome Trust Lady Eliza Manningham-Buller, asks the new PM to up investment spending in science to German levels, and to ensure that immigration policy was "more welcoming" to top scientists.
The Wellcome Trust is responsible for £1bn of funding a year, and should be a key part of Boris Johnson's vision of the UK as a "science superpower".
Its chairwoman told the BBC that while she agrees that there is a great prize to be grasped she is anxious about the damage she says Brexit has done to recruiting scientists.
"While we do collaborative work of course with the US and areas outside Europe, Australia, Singapore, other countries - and those matter - the vast bulk of the collaborations are with Europe.
"And if we amputate them, or make those collaborations difficult or harder to do - we will be the loser," she said.

She pointed specifically to a 50% drop in applicants from the European Union to study at the Sanger Institute in Cambridge, the institute that mapped a third of the human genome.
'Tipping point'
In the letter sent to the prime minister, Lady Manningham-Buller specifically addressed the issue of a no-deal Brexit: "Wellcome spends around £1bn a year to support research, and most of our money is spent in the UK because it has a thriving sector.
"Leaving the EU without a deal is a threat to that. I am afraid that some damage has already been done, with loss of researchers, and influence," she wrote.
Lady Manningham-Buller - a former director general of MI5 - said that Brexit may offer an opportunity for the UK to set global standards in new emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and genomic medicine, but her central message to the new prime minister was that his vision of global science leadership was difficult to reconcile with a no-deal Brexit.

Lady Manningham-Buller said: "We have an opportunity to build the science base here, to spend the sort of money our competitors are doing, to do a whole range of things.
"But we are at a tipping point. If we don't do some of those things, if we make the UK unfriendly to scientists overseas, the damage that has already been done in the last three years by the uncertainty of Brexit will be compounded."
Sir Paul Nurse, director of the Crick Institute partly funded by the Wellcome Trust, and a Nobel Prize winner, predicted to the BBC that Mr Johnson would see that his ambition for a thriving science sector was not coherent with no-deal Brexit.
"They are not compatible. And when Boris looks, he will increasingly be aware, if he listens to the people who do know about this it is not compatible.
"His speech was great, we welcome it. What he is trying to do though is the complete opposite. He, over coming months, will learn to recognise that, not only for science but for the economy and I think he will change his position."
Downing Street said the prime minister was committed to supporting the UK's science sector so it can take advantage of opportunities outside the EU.
A spokesperson said Mr Johnson wanted to see the UK offer the "best environment for cutting edge scientific research", and "welcome brilliant scientific talent".
They added: "He has also been clear that we will continue to attract the brightest and best people from around the world."

I do wish these scare mongers to take a hike, we dont need them.


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Johnson’s spokesman said there were no talks with the EU scheduled, and that if they happened it must be “clear what the basis for those discussions needs to be” – a message the new PM then delivered personally to Angela Merkel.
According to No 10, Johnson told the German chancellor in a phone call on Friday that while he would seek a deal, the “only solution” involved entirely scrapping the backstop, and that in the interim the UK must prepare for the prospect of there being no deal.

That made me chuckle! Boris is BOLDLY GOING WHERE NO ONE DARED GO BEFORE (to borrow the theme from Star Trek) and he is landing his opening challenge right down in front of La Merkel, who had such an easy time scaring Teresa May.

He's playing poker, he has called the EU's bluff, and I think Merkel had better sharpen her pencil and get down to re thinking the position of the EU right NOW or she and all of the EU will feel the pain as BORIS BOLDLY BREXITS!

Go Boris!!!!

I think this is the ONLY way that the EU will budge and negotiate a better deal for Britain. Up till now they were dealing with that waffling weasel wench. And they could toy with her, and laugh at Britain's predicament, and use the pain of Britain to threaten others who were thinking of Brexiting out that exit themselves.

Now the EU better think twice.

As for Nobel prize winners and even former heads of MI5, their cautions come as a last ditch effort to try and stop the Brexit process no matter what. They are just coming in with a clever threat couched in a lot of positive praise. Or as the Bible puts it, "be wary when all men speak well of you". Luke 6: 26.

You know what that REALLY reminds me of, listening to their whining is the stuff Nehemiah put up with from Sanballat and Tobias whilst building the walls of Jerusalem as God commanded. It's in Nehemiah 4-6 but the whining starts at the end of chapter 2.

Boris is like Nehemiah, rebuilding the smashed down destroyed pulverized walls of Jerusalem. Boris is rebuilding the God given nation boundary around Britain.

And Sanballat and Tobias are like Merkel and Macron. Making fun of, belittling the efforts, then as time goes by and the walls go up, they get more and more threatening. Teresa May caved at this point.

But here comes Boris.

GOD SPEED BORIS!!! Give it yer all! God bless your efforts.


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The government is now "working on the assumption" of a no-deal Brexit, Michael Gove has said.
Mr Gove said his team still aimed to come to an agreement with Brussels but, writing in the Sunday Times, he added: "No deal is now a very real prospect."
Mr Johnson has made Mr Gove responsible for planning a no-deal Brexit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Mr Gove to chair meetings seven days a week until Brexit is delivered, according to the paper.
Mr Gove said tweaks to Theresa May's withdrawal agreement - which was approved by the EU but resoundingly rejected by Parliament - would not be enough.

"You can't just reheat the dish that's been sent back and expect that will make it more palatable," he wrote.
He added he hoped EU leaders might yet open up to the idea of striking a new deal, "but we must operate on the assumption that they will not".
"While we are optimistic about the future, we are realistic about the need to plan for every eventuality."
Mr Gove highlighted a major flaw of Mrs May's deal as the Irish backstop plan - a measure designed to prevent the introduction of a hard border on the island of Ireland.
So far the backstop has proved a sticking point in the Brexit negotiations.
A no-deal Brexit would mean the UK leaving the EU and cutting ties immediately, with no agreement in place.
The UK would follow World Trade Organization rules if it wanted to trade with the EU and other countries, while also trying to negotiate free-trade deals.
But with Britain outside the EU, there could be physical checkpoints to monitor people and goods crossing in and out of the UK.

Mr Gove is one of several new ministers pressing on with Brexit preparations since joining Mr Johnson's cabinet earlier this week.
Newly appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rishi Sunak, told Sky: "We're turbo-charging preparations for no-deal, that is now the government's number one priority."
He said if the EU would not reopen discussions about the Irish backstop plan then "it's right that we prepare properly, with conviction, and importantly with the financial resources that the Treasury will now supply properly".
Chancellor Sajid Javid has pledged extra funding to help prepare for a no-deal scenario.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Javid said there would be "significant extra funding" for 500 new Border Force officers and "possible" improved infrastructure at British ports.
Mr Javid is expected to pledge more money for projects next week.


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Speaking to Sky's Sophy Ridge, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would do everything to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
He reiterated his call for a new referendum - insisting he would still hold one if Labour were in power - and said, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Labour would campaign to remain in the EU.
Mr Corbyn also said he would look at whether to call a no-confidence vote in the government after Parliament returns in September.
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson told Sky that, in the event of a general election, her party's message would be: "Stop Brexit, stop Boris and start renewing our country."

Same old same old from these people, I despair at times.


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Mr Gove is one of several new ministers pressing on with Brexit preparations since joining Mr Johnson's cabinet earlier this week.
Newly appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rishi Sunak, told Sky: "We're turbo-charging preparations for no-deal, that is now the government's number one priority."
He said if the EU would not reopen discussions about the Irish backstop plan then "it's right that we prepare properly, with conviction, and importantly with the financial resources that the Treasury will now supply properly".
Chancellor Sajid Javid has pledged extra funding to help prepare for a no-deal scenario.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Javid said there would be "significant extra funding" for 500 new Border Force officers and "possible" improved infrastructure at British ports.
Mr Javid is expected to pledge more money for projects next week.


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After months of gradual atrophy, simmering frustration and pretty toxic arguments, the inhabitants of the Westminster village are slowly disappearing for a while - whether to help constituents, take to a sun lounger, or a mixture of the two.
When the place fills up again on the other side of the summer, if the last 48 hours are anything to go by, events might be even more dramatic, and wildly unpredictable.
Before I sign off for a few weeks, here are few thoughts about how it might unfold.
It's been a long old year, so forgive for putting them in the form of a list. In no particular order, here are 10 things worth noting as this session comes to a close.
1) The new prime minister is going to do a fair bit of darting about the UK in his first week or so in office, in an effort to show that he cares about the Union, and not just the south east of England that sucks up so much of the country's political power, resource and focus.
2) Mr Johnson is not likely to do the same around multiple European capitals, at least not any time soon.
Calls and communications with other leaders are already under way, though. Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited him to Berlin, and President Emmanuel Macron has invited him to France. But Number 10 right now does not want to look like it will budge, and neither does the EU.
3) He does want to take the country out with a Brexit deal. From multiple conversations with different insiders, that is crystal clear. Downing Street is not plotting a no-deal conspiracy.
4) The PM is, however, absolutely willing to take us out of the EU without formal arrangements in place, if needs be.
And there is an absolute awareness in Number 10 that the chances of that are not to be, as he claimed, "a million to one", but pretty small - they might, perhaps, be more accurately described as one in a million.
5) Mr Johnson's team's political and ideological calculation is very simple - keeping the promise to leave is more important to them than the potential damage of leaving without a deal. It's a fundamental, historic and risky judgement, but it is clear.
6) The government plans a huge focus now on trying to prepare for and manage those risks and, in the next few weeks, a new structure of doing so is likely to emerge, with Theresa May's labyrinthine committee systems being put to bed.

7) The key ministers in all this are likely to be Michael Gove, reunited with his controversial policy chief - now, of course, Boris Johnson's senior adviser - Dominic Cummings, and Chancellor Sajid Javid.
8) There will be a big-spending and tax-cutting Budget, whatever happens in early talks with the EU. It might even be in the first couple of weeks back in Parliament in September, and if not, likely soon after the Conservative Party conference.
Mr Johnson's team know that Labour is in a tricky position on Brexit too, and if the Tories also turn on the spending taps, they hope it's harder for them to oppose.
9) The timing of that Budget is crucial, as it's just weeks before the first official EU summit in the middle of October. Note, too, that summit is less than a fortnight before the 31 October deadline - very little time afterwards, therefore, for MPs to try to stop a prime minister intent on taking us out without a deal if the talks have been inconclusive.
10) Before that summit I expect Number 10 will do everything it can to stop Parliament passing a law that would block no deal.
If it does, and there's no deal from the EU, Boris Johnson would not hesitate to call an election if it's the only way.
Just like leaving without a deal, it's not what his team wants. But again, sticking to the Halloween deadline to leave is what matters to them above all else.
If risking an election is what it takes to do so, as things stand at the moment, it's entirely likely that after only a few months in Number 10, that is what the new prime minister would choose to do.
There are, of course, multiple scenarios - lots of things that could go on that list, lots of ifs and buts.


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The former Tory chancellor Philip Hammond held private talks with Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer shortly before Boris Johnson entered Downing Street last Wednesday, to plot cross-party moves aimed at preventing the new prime minister agreeing to a no-deal Brexit.
Related: Opponents of no deal ‘have just weeks’ to plot blocking strategy
The meeting in the House of Commons – which took place shortly after Hammond had resigned from the government – is evidence of the fierce backlash Johnson faces from MPs of all parties if he tries to defy parliament and take the UK out of the EU without an agreement on 31 October.
It is understood that the former political opponents Hammond and Starmer agreed to work together through the summer recess with other leading parliamentarians who oppose no deal, including former Tory ministers Oliver Letwin and Dominic Grieve, to thrash out how best to use parliamentary votes to torpedo no deal.
On Saturday night Starmer confirmed that Johnson’s arrival in No 10 had spurred more cross-party discussions at high levels involving senior Tories sacked by Johnson, or who chose to resign, as opponents of no deal prepared a cross-party counter-offensive against his new hard-Brexit cabinet and government.

The political direction of travel under Boris Johnson is clear,” said Starmer, “and so it is more important than ever that we build a strong cross-party alliance to stop a no-deal Brexit.
“That work will intensify over the summer, before parliament resumes in September.”
The plans being hatched include amending Brexit-related legislation that has to pass through parliament before the UK can leave the EU in a way that would force the Johnson to ask for a further extension to the UK’s membership if no Brexit agreement has been reached by early October.
A “last resort” option is for Hammond and other Tory Remainers to vote for a no-confidence motion in their own government if no deal still appears on the cards.
A new Opinium/Observer poll on Sunday will heighten fears among Remainers that Johnson could resort to calling a snap Brexit election to seek a mandate for a no-deal Brexit if he fails to persuade EU leaders to reopen talks on the Irish backstop and Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement.
The poll, conducted after Johnson was elected Tory leader, shows a marked “Boris bounce”, putting the Tories up seven points compared with a fortnight ago, on 30%.
The Conservatives have leapfrogged Labour (which is 3 points up on 28%) to retake the lead. The surge in support appears to come at the expense of the Brexit party which has dropped 7 points to 15%.
The Liberal Democrats, whose new leader Jo Swinson took office last week, are up 1 point on 16%.
Johnson also has a 21-point lead over Jeremy Corbyn when voters are asked who would make the best prime minister. It is the biggest lead since May forged ahead of Corbyn before the 2017 election. Half of the public think, however, that Johnson will divide the nation.
Professor Robert Ford of Manchester University said that Johnson’s pursuit of Labour voters who backed Brexit could win the Tories some seats but could also cause losses for the party in Remain areas, where voters would reject his talk of no-deal Brexit.
“ A dramatic gamble may be needed to break the Brexit deadlock, but such gambles can easily backfire, as we saw in 2017,” Ford writes.
On Saturday Johnson further fuelled speculation that he was preparing for an election on a visit to Manchester. In a speech that bore all the hallmarks of an election pitch to disillusioned Leavers in Labour areas, he pledged a £3.6bn fund for deprived towns, a new Manchester-to-Leeds rail line and major investment in buses, broadband and police.
Johnson pledged a £3.6bn fund for deprived towns and a new Manchester-to-Leeds rail line while in Manchester on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images
“The centre of Manchester, like the centre of London, is a wonder of the world. A few miles away from here, the story is very different,” he said.
“The story has been for young people growing up there of hopelessness, or the hope that one day they will get out and never come back.
“It certainly isn’t really the fault of the places, and certainly isn’t the fault of the people growing up there.
They haven’t failed. It’s we, us, the politicians, our politics has failed them.” Officially Johnson has ruled out a general election before Brexit has been delivered, but many MPs believe he will be prepared to switch to backing one if he cannot secure a deal on Brexit that he can sell to his own party and get through parliament.
Meanwhile Corbyn, who is having to step up election preparations, on Sunday will accuse the Tories of causing a £40bn of lost investment in 2019 as a result of the Brexit impasse.
Labour claims that it has reached the figure by comparing forecasts by the Office for Budget Responsibility before and after Brexit. It said businesses are expected to invest around £187bn this year, compared to the £227bn forecast in 2016.
“Boris Johnson won the support of fewer than 100,000 Tory party members by threatening a reckless no-deal Brexit, leaving businesses and workers facing serious risks and huge uncertainty,” Corbyn said. “He is staking all our futures on a sweetheart trade deal with Donald Trump that would risk the takeover of our NHS by US corporations, while handing out tax cuts to the richest.
“With Johnson and his divisive hard-right cabinet gambling with people’s jobs and living standards, it is now clear that the only way Brexit can be resolved is by taking it back to the people.”

Wish Hammond could be deselected and Corbyn have a no confidence vote of his own to contend with, these people are useless.


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I really hope that Boris manages to get us out of the EU. It's what the people voted for and it should have happened over 3 years ago.
There are too many in Westminster who do not respect what the majority of the British people voted for. The MP's who have been trying to prevent the Brexit process from happening are self-serving. They do not want their EU gravy train to be derailed. They are self serving and have their noses entrenched too deeply in the trough to want to leave. They are deplorable and not fit for office. Thanks for all your interesting assessments of the situation daygo.


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Have just read in the express there may be a sort of a pact between brexit party and Boris in certain areas of the north should there be a general election for brexit to run without conservative opposition to try and get the labour voters, very interesting news. You can read it on if you want, whether they would do that is another matter, or is it just paper talk.


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Boris Johnson has pledged to "hold out the hand" and "go the extra thousand miles" to strike a new Brexit deal.
During a visit to Scotland, the prime minister said the existing withdrawal agreement negotiated with European leaders was "dead" and has "got to go".
However, he said he wanted the UK to be "very outward going" and said there was "every chance we can get a deal".
Preparations for a no-deal Brexit are being ramped up with Mr Johnson saying the UK must leave the EU by 31 October.
While in Scotland he is also expected to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson - both of whom have positioned themselves against a no-deal exit.

Two committees have been set up as the UK government intensifies preparations for a possible no-deal exit, including a "daily operations committee" of senior ministers.
Speaking at the Faslane naval base near Glasgow, Mr Johnson said his "assumption is that we can get a new deal", but said it was "responsible for any government to prepare for no deal if we absolutely have to".
'Withdrawal agreement is dead'
He said: "My approach is to be very outward-going, I don't want the UK to be aloof or hanging back, I want us to engage to hold out the hand, to go the extra thousand miles, and what we want to do is make it absolutely clear that the backstop is no good, it's dead, it's got to go.
"The withdrawal agreement is dead, it's got to go. But there is scope for us to do a new deal.
"We will make it very clear to our friends - we're talking to the Irish today - what the limits are and what we want to do. We're very confident that with goodwill on both sides, two mature political entities, the UK and EU, can get this thing done."

Mr Johnson also said he thought "Brussels was a bit baffled by what the UK position really was" during previous Brexit talks, saying the "backstop" arrangement to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland would have seen the UK "being run by the EU".
He said a new agreement could be struck if there was "goodwill and common sense" on both sides, resulting in "a new free trade deal that allows us to take back control of our tariffs and regulations and do things differently here if we want to".
'I won't support it'
Mr Johnson will face scrutiny over his Brexit strategy from colleagues and opponents alike during his visit to Scotland.
On Sunday, Ms Davidson said that while Mr Johnson had her "full support" in his efforts to secure a withdrawal agreement with the EU, she did not agree with a no-deal Brexit.
Writing in the Scottish Mail on Sunday, she said: "When I was debating against the pro-Brexit side in 2016, I don't remember anybody saying we should crash out of the EU with no arrangements in place to help maintain the vital trade that flows uninterrupted between Britain and the European Union."
"I don't think the government should pursue a no-deal Brexit and, if it comes to it, I won't support it."


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The prime minister's chief Brexit negotiator has urged his EU counterparts not to "underestimate" Boris Johnson.
David Frost - Mr Johnson's so-called EU "sherpa" - told his colleagues "many people are inclined" to do just that, but it would be a mistake.
"You should be in no doubt about this government's commitment to the 31 October date," he added in an email.
It emerged as the cabinet ramps up preparations for a no-deal Brexit.
Two new committees have been created - the Exit Strategy committee, known as XS, to make key Brexit decisions, and the Daily Operations Committee, to deal with the nitty gritty of no-deal planning.
The former will gather twice a week and be attended by six senior ministers including the PM, Chancellor Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove.
Mr Gove - who is in charge of preparations for a potential no deal - will oversee Monday's meeting because Mr Johnson is on a visit to Scotland.

Mr Gove told reporters earlier: "There won't be any delays, we are determined that we are going to leave on October 31st, and it's my job to make sure the country is ready."
When asked if he stood by his previous comment that the chances of a no-deal Brexit were a "million to one", the prime minister said: "Provided there is sufficient goodwill and common sense on the part of our partners, that is exactly where I would put the odds."
The BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith says meetings of the Daily Operations Committee will be held in the Cobra emergency committee room, normally set aside for large-scale crises like terror attacks - a decision designed to symbolically underline that the country is now engaged on a national mission to get ready.


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Boris Johnson is facing a backlash from his own MPs after his government dismissed demands for new laws to protect the rights of EU citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Conservative MPs warned that failure to guarantee the rights in law would be an “abrogation of responsibility”, because the EU is unlikely to guarantee the rights of the 1.3 million Brits living in its member states unless the UK acts first.
But former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith, a senior ally of Mr Johnson, told The Independent that ministers would be reluctant to bring forward a news law on citizens’ rights because of fears that it would be “hijacked” by MPs trying to block a no-deal Brexit.
The claim came as Tory MPs warned Mr Johnson not to prioritise a no-deal exit ahead of guaranteeing the rights of 3 million EU citizens living in the UK, and Brits living in the EU.
MPs said that some Tories would be willing to support Mr Johnson’s threat to opt for a no-deal Brexit if citizens’ rights were protected, but would not contemplate doing so otherwise – potentially stopping the new prime minister from getting a no-deal plan through parliament.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday, Mr Johnson said he wanted to “repeat unequivocally our guarantee to the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us”.
He added: “I thank them for their contribution to our society and for their patience. I can assure them that under this government they will have the absolute certainty of the right to live and remain.”
However, he faced an angry backlash minutes later when his spokesman admitted that Mr Johnson was not talking about new legislation to protect EU nationals’ rights.
Instead, the government believes that the existing Home Office scheme offering EU citizens “settled status” is enough to guarantee their rights.
But critics said the settled status scheme could be scrapped or changed “on a whim” and provided no security for EU citizens.
They also said the government must act to help EU nationals in order to protect the 1.3 million British citizens living in EU countries. Some EU member states, including Spain, have said they will only guarantee the rights of British nationals in their country if the UK government acts to protect their nationals living in the UK.
As the row over the issue deepened, Mr Duncan Smith suggested that the new government would not legislate to help EU citizens because ministers fear the draft law would be “hijacked” by MPs determined to stop Brexit or avert a no-deal outcome.
Mr Duncan Smith told The Independent: “Citizens’ rights will be guaranteed categorically but we don’t want legislation because that opens the door to all sorts of Christmas tree amendments.
“We don’t want legislation in the next period because that legislation will simply get hijacked and without a big majority it’s going to be difficult to stop it.
“If the door opens, [anti-Brexit MPs] will pile in with these amendments and lots of them will be aimed at bogging this thing down.”
He suggested that legislation guaranteeing citizens’ rights could be passed within a week of Britain leaving the EU on 31 October but warned that doing so before then would lead to “all sorts of trouble”.
He said: “Citizens’ rights are not something you can deal with before you leave. If you leave and immediately legislate then the issue would be solved within a matter of days. It’s just a tactical fact that doing so before leaving risks creating a nightmare.”
No 10 refused to comment on Mr Duncan Smith’s claim that the government was reluctant to table new legislation for fear of it being used to block no deal. A Downing Street source said: “Any plans for legislation will be announced in the usual way and with relevant notice to parliament. The commitment to EU citizens shouldn’t be used as a political football.”
But some Tory MPs warned that the matter would become a major “toxic” issue for the party if the rights of EU nationals were not enshrined in law.
Conservative MP Alberto Costa, who has led the campaign to guarantee the rights of EU citizens and British citizens in the EU, told The Independent: “The new prime minister has repeatedly promised and pledged to absolutely, unequivocally guarantee the rights of EU nationals. The way to do that is through the law.


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The European Union is less prepared for a no-deal Brexit than Britain, potentially leaving British firms at a disadvantage if there is no transition agreement and weakening London's hand in future trade talks, a British employers group said.
The EU, with the exception of Ireland, lags behind Britain in its no-deal preparations "by some way", the Confederation of British Industry said on Sunday.
"The combination of the EU and UK's different approaches creates an imbalance, where EU goods and services exports will have easier access to the UK than UK goods and services exports will to the EU," the CBI said in a report.
"From the business perspective, the UK has taken the more responsible approach, but it has also put the UK in a position of relative weakness for negotiating with the EU in the future."
While Britain also needs to improve its preparedness, the EU has so far taken only a few limited, temporary measures such as allowing British Heavy Goods Vehicle licences to be valid for nine months after a no-deal Brexit and permitting British aeroplanes to continue flying for six months, the CBI said.
The EU should also say it will recognise Britain's trusted trader scheme, something it already does with Canada, the United States and Japan to minimise red tape, the CBI said.
Britain has said it will allow financial services firms from the EU to continue to operate in the country for a period of time before having to apply for a new licence, but the bloc has yet to reciprocate.
New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wants a new Brexit deal with the EU but is prepared to proceed with a no-deal Brexit if necessary.
Brussels has said the deal it agreed last year with former prime minister Theresa May is its best and only offer.
The CBI report - based on feedback from thousands of firms - found companies in 24 of 27 sectors in Britain would be disrupted by a no-deal Brexit in the short or long term, with smaller firms less ready than bigger ones.
The CBI made over 200 recommendations for improving no-deal contingency measures, including a call on the British government to put the civil service back on a no-deal footing immediately.
It urged the EU to match Britain's temporary mitigations in areas ranging from data to customs and to bring forward the ability for UK firms to apply for essential licences as a third country by the start of September.


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The prime minister has said it is "up to the EU, this is their call" if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Boris Johnson is visiting Wales, as he tries to rally support from farmers for his Brexit plans.
A Welsh farmer called on Mr Johnson to stop "playing Russian roulette" with the lamb industry over the threat of a no-deal Brexit.
But Mr Johnson said: "We're not aiming for a no-deal Brexit, we don't think that's where we'll end up."
"This is very much up to our friends and partners across the channel," he said.
Mr Johnson visited a chicken farm in St Brides Wentlooge, near Newport, on Tuesday, ahead of talks with First Minister Mark Drakeford.

Interesting news seems boris could be more of a leader than May could ever be.