Posted on Aug 06, 2019
Britain is “ready and willing” to do a deal to leave the European Union on condition that Brussels renegotiates the agreement, a senior government source said on Tuesday, denying that a no-deal Brexit was Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s central plan.
Johnson, who took over as prime minister two weeks ago, has taken the EU by surprise with his offer, EU Today's sources in Brussels, where most politicians and apparatchiks are currently enjoying their traditional taxpayer funded six-week holidays, have reported.
His insistence that Britain is boosting preparations to leave without a divorce agreement if Brussels refuses to renegotiate has upset markets, sent the pound tumbling but giving a major boost to UK exports.
A report in The Guardian newspaper cited EU diplomats as saying they believed a no-deal Brexit was the “UK government’s central scenario”.
The government source said this was not the case, but the EU had to understand that Johnson could not again bring forward the deal that was rejected by Britain’s parliament three times, leading to the resignation of his predecessor Theresa May.
“We want a deal. It’s sad that they don’t want to negotiate with us,” the source said, on condition of anonymity.
“The fact that the Withdrawal Agreement has been rejected by large margins by the House of Commons on three occasions means that, if there’s going to be a deal, they have to be prepared to renegotiate. We’re ready and willing to do so.”
Johnson has said Britain will leave the EU on October 31st with or without a deal.
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