22 October 2019


Johnson faces perilous Brexit ratification after Brexit deal vote blocked

KONFRONTASI-Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s faces a potentially perilous ratification of his Brexit divorce deal in the British parliament after the speaker refused to allow a vote on it on Monday.

With just 10 days left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31, the divorce is again in disarray as Britain’s politicians argue over whether to leave with a deal, exit without a deal or hold another referendum.

Tuntut Referendum Baru Brexit, Puluhan Ribu Orang Padati Jalanan London

KONFRONTASI-Puluhan ribu orang turun ke jalan di London pada Sabtu siang (19/10), untuk menuntut suara rakyat mengenai kesepakatan akhir Brexit.

Demonstran berkumpul di Marbel Arch dan berpawai melalui London Tengah untuk memenuhi Parliament Square saat anggota Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat berkumpul pada hari pemungutan suara bersejarah.

Demonstrasi itu adalah salah satu protes terbesar anti-Brexit yang telah disaksikan negeri tersebut saat warga dari seluruh negeri itu mendatangi London untuk menyuarakan penentangan mereka terhadap Brexit.

Akhirnya, Inggris-Uni Eropa Capai Kesepakatan Brexit

KONFRONTASI-Inggris dan Uni Eropa pada Kamis akhirnya mencapai kesepakatan Brexit (pemisahan Inggris dari Uni Eropa), kata Presiden Komisi Eropa Jean-Claude Juncker.

Juncker mengungkapkan perkembangan itu hanya beberapa hari sebelum para pemimpin kelompok negara-negara Eropa itu melakukan pertemuan di antara mereka.

Secara terpisah, Perdana Menteri Inggris Boris Johnson mengatakan, "Kami punya kesepakatan Brexit yang baru."

Johnson secures EU approval for 'no delay' Brexit deal

Boris Johnson

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson

KONFRONTASI- European Union leaders gave their unanimous backing to a Brexit deal with Britain on Thursday, putting the onus on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to secure the British parliament’s approval for the deal in a vote in two days’ time.

Germany's Merkel and France's Macron to meet ahead of crunch Brexit summit

KONFRONTASI-The European Union’s two most powerful leaders, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron, will meet just days before a crunch Brexit summit next week which Britain says is the last chance to secure an orderly departure from the bloc.

As the clock ticks down to the Oct. 31 departure date, Brexit descended into a public row between London and Brussels this week as both sides position for another delay followed by an election or an acrimonious divorce.

Brexit Kembali 'Telan Korban', Menteri Tenaga Kerja Inggris Mundur

Konfrontasi - Menteri Tenaga Kerja dan Pensiun Inggris, Amber Rudd, mengundurkan diri dari pemerintahan dan Partai Konservatif Inggris, Sabtu, 7 September 2019.

Kemunduran diri itu dilakukan di tengah-tengah gelombang protes atas cara Perdana Menteri Inggris Boris Johnson menangani negara yang bersiap keluar dari Uni Eropa atau Brexit.

British PM preparing to call election on eve of Brexit showdown with parliament?

KONFRONTASI-Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to call an election, British media reported on Monday, on the eve of an historic showdown with parliament over Brexit.

Johnson’s promise to take the country out of the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without a deal to smooth the divorce between the world’s fifth-largest economy and its biggest trading partner has propelled the United Kingdom towards a constitutional crisis and a battle with the 27 other members of the bloc.

An alliance of opposition lawmakers are plotting with rebels in Johnson’s Conservative Party to take control of parliament and tie the government’s hands with legislation that would block a no-deal exit, fearing leaving without a deal will be ruinous.

Just 24 hours until parliament returns on Tuesday from its summer break, Johnson’s enforcers warned rebels that if they voted against the government they would be kicked out of his Conservative Party.

With little clarity on whether the deadlocked British parliament might be able to come up with a resolution to the three-year Brexit crisis, talk turned to a possible election.

“We want a general election,” opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said, to oust Johnson’s “phony, populist cabal”.

He added: “We must come together to stop no deal - this week could be our last chance.”

However, former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Corbyn, a veteran socialist, to avoid what he cast as an election “elephant trap” Johnson had laid for Labour.

“Boris Johnson knows that if no-deal Brexit stands on its own as a proposition it might well fail but if he mixes it up with the Corbyn question in a general election he could succeed despite a majority being against a no-deal Brexit because some may fear a Corbyn premiership more,” Blair said.

Johnson has called a cabinet meeting for later on Monday and could ask lawmakers to vote on calling an election if they vote against his government on Brexit, the BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg said.

The Sun newspaper’s political editor Tom Newton Dunn also said Johnson was preparing to call an election.

Asked if Johnson was planning an election, his spokesman said: “He has been asked this on many, many occasions and his answer has always been that he doesn’t want there to be an election.”

After winning the top job in the chaos that followed the 2016 EU membership referendum, then Prime Minister Theresa May bet on a 2017 snap election but lost her majority.

Negoisasi Brexit Masih Rumit

KONFRONTASI-Uni Eropa (UE) menolak kembali ke meja perundingan untuk membahas Brexit seperti permintaan Inggris. Sebab, Perdana Menteri (PM) Inggris Boris Johnson menuntut kesepakatan backstop di perbatasan Irlandia dihapus.

Backstop merupakan kesepakatan antara mantan PM Theresa May dan UE. Seharusnya perjanjian itu mencegah keributan di perbatasan Republik Irlandia dan Irlandia Utara. Namun, banyak yang menganggap detail perjanjian tersebut bakal mengisolasi Irlandia Utara dari wilayah Britania Raya lainnya.

Britain faces food shortages in no-deal Brexit scenario, industry body says

KONFRONTASI-Britain will experience shortages of some fresh foods for weeks or even months if a disorderly no-deal Brexit leaves perishable produce rotting in lorries at ports, Britain’s food and drink lobby warned on Wednesday.

Retailers such as Tesco (TSCO.L) have warned that leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 without a transition deal would be problematic as so much fresh produce is imported and warehouses are stocked full ahead of Christmas.

The industry - which employs 450,000 people in the United Kingdom - views Brexit as the biggest challenge since World War Two, dwarfing previous crises such as the horse meat scandal of 2013 and the mad cow disease outbreaks of the 1980s and 1990s.

“We’re not going to starve but there will be shortages of fresh food and some specialist ingredients. It’s going to be a little bit unpredictable,” the Food and Drink Federation’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Rycroft told Reuters.

“Given that food very often is perishable and has a short shelf life, we expect that there will be some selective shortages of food in the weeks and months following no-deal Brexit,” Rycroft said. “There will be some shortages and price rises.”

Part of the problem is that Brexit could change everything - or, possibly, nothing.

Ahead of the original Brexit deadline of March 29, supermarkets and retailers spent millions of pounds preparing for Brexit and working with suppliers to increase stocks of dried goods including pasta, bottled water and toilet paper.

After three years of Brexit discussion, it is still unclear on what terms the United Kingdom will leave the European Union with options ranging from a last-minute exit deal or delay to an acrimonious divorce that would knot the sinews of trade.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly warned the European Union that unless it agrees to do a fresh divorce deal then he will lead the country out of the bloc on Oct. 31 without a deal.

Rupiah Akhir Pekan Ditutup Melemah 64 Poin Rp14.180

Konfrontasi - Nilai tukar (kurs) rupiah yang ditransaksikan antarbank di Jakarta pada akhir pekan ini ditutup masih berada dalam area negatif, terpengaruh sentimen global.

Rupiah pada Jumat (2/8/2019) sore ditutup melemah 64 poin atau 0,45 persen menjadi Rp14.180 per dolar AS dari sebelumnya Rp14.116 per dolar AS.