UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is prepared to take BREXIT talks with the EU down to the very last minute before the 31 October exit deadline, and if necessary to take a decision to leave without a deal on that day.
PM Johnson has 68 days to convince the EU to give him a new BREXIT deal, with neither side so far willing to compromise on the most contentious issues. If he cannot get a deal, he says Britain will leave the bloc anyway.
That leaves Britain, with the world’s fifth largest economy, heading for a messy divorce with the EU that critics fear could lead to food shortages and major border disruption in the short term and undermine the country’s prosperity in the long term.
When asked by Reuters if he was prepared to take talks with the EU right up to 31 October, Mr. Johnson said: “Well I do think that the EU does tend to come to an agreement right at the end.”
“Clearly for us, the walking away, as it were, would come on October 31 when we would take steps to come out on the terms for which we will have by then made absolutely colossal and extensive and fantastic preparations,” he told a news conference at the end of a G-7 Summit in the French resort of Biarritz.
The PM declined to say if he would suspend parliament to force BREXIT through, saying only that lawmakers have a duty to deliver BREXIT. The People have spoken.
President Trump said at the Summit that PM Johnson will be a “great” Prime Minister who can succeed where Mrs. May had failed, but that it will not be easy.