Brexit deal is now ‘just and go’: Johnson

London, Aug 25 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/25/2019 12:08:05 PM IST

Boris Johnson has said the chances of a Brexit deal are “touch and go” - having previously said the odds of 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 pressed on the chances, he said: “I think it’s going to be touch and go. But the important thing is to get ready to come out without a deal.” Mr Johnson has repeatedly said the UK will leave the EU on October 31. 
Asked if people would still be able to get their medicine if there was a no-deal Brexit, the prime minister said: “That is certainly a guarantee that we can make.” But he added: “I do not want at this stage to say there won’t be unforeseen difficulties.” 
Mr Johnson has previously said the UK must leave on 31 October “deal or no deal”, but that the chances of a no-deal Brexit happening are a “million to one”. Speaking at the G7 summit on Sunday, he reiterated his desire to scrap the backstop from the current withdrawal agreement, saying it could keep the UK “locked in” EU rules, if a trade deal is not agreed after Brexit.
He said: “I think in the last few days there has been a dawning realisation in Brussels and other European capitals what the shape of the problem is for the UK.”
Mr Johnson said he was an “optimist” and thought the EU would understand there is an “opportunity to do a deal”.
The PM also said if there is no deal, the UK would keep a “very substantial” part of the £39bn Theresa May had agreed to pay the EU in her withdrawal agreement.
The G7 summit - a get-together of most of the leaders of the world’s largest economies - comes with just over two months until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU at the end of October.


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