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A Brexit deal is now "touch and go," says Johnson



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Media Caption Boris Johnson: "In recent days there has been a kind of spirit of optimism in Brussels and other European capitals."

Boris Johnson has indicated the odds of a Brexit deal being "touch and go" – having previously said that the odds for a no-deal Brexit were "a million to one".

In a BBC interview at the G7 summit in France, he said it all depends on our EU friends and partners. "

When he looked at the odds, he said," I think it will go fast. But the most important thing is to prepare to get out without a deal. "

Mr. Johnson has repeatedly stated that Britain will leave the EU on October 31

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Asked if people could still get their medicines in a Brexit consensus, the Prime Minister said," That's certainly one Guarantee we can do that.

But he added, "I do not want to say at this point that there will be no unforeseen difficulties. "

Mr Johnson previously said Britain must leave" deal or no deal "on October 31, but the odds of a Brexit without a deal are" one million to one. "

He spoke at the G7 summit on the Sunday: "I think the last few days have seen in Brussels and other European capitals for the first time how the problem affects the UK."

He said he was an "optimist" and thought the EU would understand there is an "opportunity to make a deal."

The Prime Minister also said that if there was no agreement, the United Kingdom would retain a "very substantial" amount of £ 39bn, Theresa May had agreed to pay the EU in their readmission agreement.

The G7 Summit – a Profit Together with most of the world's largest economies, it takes a little over two months for Britain to leave the EU at the end of October rd.

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Mr. Johnson and other world leaders gathered at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France

Ms. May has signed a resignation agreement with the EU – the so-called "divorce agreement" – but British MPs rejected the agreement three times.

Mr Johnson would like to remove the Irish setback from the agreement, but the EU has consistently done so and ruled that it will not resume negotiations on the agreement.

If implemented, Northern Ireland would continue to abide by some EU rules on the EU's internal market following Brexit's setback – a last resort if the UK and the EU do not agree on a trade agreement.

It would also result in Britain remaining in one single customs territory with the EU and in line with current and future EU competition and state aid rules.

This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested that this could be an alternative to backstopping, but it was the UK's duty to find him.

The next day, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the backstop was "indispensable" for maintaining political stability and the single market.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister met with President Donald Trump to discuss a trade agreement between Britain and the US.

Johnson said the US goal of concluding an agreement within a year became "tight." "These [Americans] are tough guys."

Meanwhile, former Chancellor Philip Hammond has written to the Prime Minister about the leaked documents of Operation Yellowhammer about the preparations for a Brexit without agreement was dated in August 2019 and therefore could not have been leaked by a Minister of the Government of Mrs. May.


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