On Sunday, Britain and the European Union stated that a lot more work will be needed to secure an agreement on Britain’s departure from the bloc. Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister told his cabinet a there is a possibility of a last-minute deal. His statement comes after both sides had intensive talks to avoid a disorderly Brexit on Oct. 31 which is the deadline for Britain’s departure.
A spokeswoman from Johnson’s office asserted, “The Prime Minister said there was a way forward for a deal that could secure all our interests … but that there is still a significant amount of work to get there and we must remain prepared to leave (without a deal) on October 31.”
However, Britain said that the latest discussion had been “constructive” and there would be more talks on Monday. The Prime Minister hopes a deal will be agreed in time for EU leaders to approve it at a summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. To approve the agreement, he would still have to convince a deeply divided British parliament, probably at a rare Saturday session on Oct. 19.
His success may lead the world’s fifth-largest economy to split from its biggest trading partner with arrangements in place to reduce disruption at borders and preserve the complex supply chains that support the economy.
His failure may give a chance to the lawmakers to start a battle to delay Brexit that may end up in the courts.
Mr. Johnson has vowed that he will try his best to take Britain out of the EU on Oct 31, even without a deal. He believes that the move will enhance his hopes of political survival. “A lot of work remains to be done,” the European Commission, the EU’s executive, said in a statement on Sunday evening.
In the statement, it was also said that discussions will continue on Monday, and EU negotiator Michel Barnier will update the 27 member states, all except Britain at a meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday.
The EU diplomat said that “Small chances (remain) that a text could be ready for the summit and we won’t negotiate at the summit. If talks are going well, we might say there is progress but more time is needed to continue.”
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview with Austrian media outlet Kurier, “It’s up to the Brits do decide if they will ask for an extension.”
“But if Boris Johnson were to ask for extra time – which probably he won’t – I would consider it unhistoric to refuse such a request,” he added.
However, experts have claimed that if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, there could be serious short-term disruption with possible food, fuel and medicine shortages, and long-term damage to Britain’s reputation as a stable home for foreign investment.