David Reid, Elliot Smith
European Markets: FTSE, GDAXI, FCHI, IBEX
British newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported late on Sunday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has prepared a legal strategy to counter opposition lawmakers’ attempts to enforce a three month extension to the U.K.’s Brexit deadline if no deal is agreed by October 31.
Meanwhile opposition parliamentarians are due to request an emergency debate on Monday in a bid to force the government to publish a no-deal Brexit planning document and make Johnson adhere to the new law blocking a no-deal departure, ITV news has reported.
The five-week suspension of parliament will begin later on Monday, after lawmakers are again expected to reject the government’s efforts to trigger a snap election on October 15, instead insisting that the law blocking no-deal be implemented first.
The prime minister met his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar on Monday to discuss the controversial issue of the Irish “backstop,” the major source of disagreement between Britain and the EU on the existing Withdrawal Agreement.
Stocks on the move
German media company Prosiebensat1 climbed 5% after UBS upgraded the stock from neutral to buy and raised its target price.
At the other end of the European blue chip index, Air France KLM shares fell 9.7% after the publication of the airline’s traffic figures for August, which came in weaker than expected.