A British prime minister has warned that the UK’s departure from the European Union could be catastrophic for the UK economy and the country’s constitution, and could even lead to civil war.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will now be “very much” a “special case” with its own rules governing how it can remain a member of the EU, including how it will manage immigration.
But he said Britain is committed to its constitutional rights to remain in the bloc and will “take our case for the future of the UK to the European Court of Justice”.
The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said May was being “unwilling to be taken seriously” by the EU’s high court if the UK decides to leave.
She said the court’s ruling on Brexit could be “catastrophic” for the country.
Brexit ‘is about our constitutional right to stay’The UK has been a member since 1973, and is due to leave the bloc on March 29.
It will then join a customs union with Norway and Iceland.
The UK and EU have clashed over the UK leaving the bloc after Brexit, with the EU insisting it needs to stay within the single market and customs union to avoid “economic chaos”.
The prime minister said that the country would not have its “constitutional right to remain” had the UK decided to leave in March 2019.
She added that her government would seek to have its own “mutual recognition” of the European Convention on Human Rights in the UK, saying the court “has not yet made a judgement” on the issue.
“We will continue to fight for the rights of people who have been excluded from the United Kingdom in this way, including the right to vote,” she said.
Johnson said the ruling could lead to “economic disruption” for British exporters, saying Britain’s “constitutional rights to stay” are being “subverted” by EU bureaucrats.
“If you want to make the EU your enemy, you will be attacked in Europe.
If you want the EU to be your friend, you have to fight them on your terms,” he said.”
That is what this ruling is about.
It’s about whether the European court of justice has the right and the ability to decide our fate.”UK PM Boris Johnson says Brexit ‘is not about the constitutional right’The EU has rejected the government’s arguments that it is the UK who has been excluded.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday that the bloc is “not a party to the UK-UK dispute” and is “in favour of a peaceful solution to the Brexit question” – a position echoed by the European Parliament.
May is also facing calls to step down as leader after a vote by the House of Commons on Thursday that would see her lose her majority if she was defeated in next year’s election.
But Johnson said he does not believe May is willing to resign, despite the public backing for her.
“I don’t think that Theresa is ready to quit,” he told the BBC.
“She is going to go through this with the full support of her own government, which will do everything it can to try to get her back in the leadership.”
The constitutional question is a different matter.
I’m not sure whether we’re in the position where we have to wait until next year for a decision.
“Johnson, who is also the EU Brexit spokesman, has faced criticism from both sides of the aisle over his handling of the Brexit talks, which he has been widely criticised for failing to prepare for and failing to negotiate with the bloc’s 27 remaining members.
The Brexit Secretary also said on Wednesday that the United States would not be drawn into the Brexit negotiations, and said he would not rule out joining forces with other nations in the future.