Boris Johnson has signalled that a no-deal Brexit is increasingly likely and hits out at the EU for its refusal to compromise.
THE PM has admitted the UK is currently heading for a no-deal Brexit and says an agreement now is “very difficult” as the two sides dig in and refuse to compromise. No 10 says an agreement ‘will not be easy to achieve’ and that it is ‘very difficult to make progress’ with time fast running out
Boris Johnson said the UK would have to leave the bloc “do or die” on October 31 – prompting some MPs to act to stop the UK leaving without an agreement. He said the more MPs try to block a no-deal Brexit, “the more likely it is that we’ll end up in that situation.”
Johnson recently announced he would be suspending Parliament for five weeks over September and October. No 10 described a deal as only “still possible” – with a strong attack on the EU’s failure to give ground. The prime minister’s spokesperson said: “An agreement is still possible and this is still our goal, but it is clear it will not be easy to achieve.”
Why is fishing important in Brexit trade talks?
Fishing has traditionally been an emotional issue in the UK’s relationship with the European Union but supporters of Brexit now say it is a symbol of sovereignty that will now be regained.
The EU has already announced that an agreement on fisheries is a pre-condition for the kind of free trade deal (with no tariffs or taxes on goods) which both sides say they will try to work towards. The UK, however, says any such agreement must be based on the understanding that, after Brexit, “British fishing grounds are first and foremost for British boats.”