UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday the next few days will be key to his chances of securing a BREXIT deal, and that an agreement with the EU is his aim and still possible.
With less than 7 wks remaining until Britain is due to leave the European Union, PM Johnson has yet to strike a deal with Brussels to manage the unprecedented separation between the world’s 5th largest economy and its biggest trading partner.
PM Johnson has pledged to leave the EU with or without a deal on 31 October, even though British lawmakers have passed a law which would force him to request a delay beyond that date if he is unable to reach a deal with the EU.
The British PM travels to Luxembourg Monday to meet outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and has set his sights on winning a revised deal at an EU leaders’ Summit on 17-18 October.
“If we can make enough progress in the next few days, I intend to go to that crucial Summit on October 17, and finalize an agreement that will protect the interests of business and citizens on both sides of the (English) Channel, and on both sides of the border in Ireland,” PM Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
“I believe passionately that we can do it, and I believe that such an agreement is in the interests not just of the UK but also of our European friends.”