UK PM Says He Has 'every Hope' Of Avoiding No-deal With EU
Sumaira FH 5 days ago Thu 17th September 2020 | 01:50 AM
London, Sept 16 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Sep, 2020 ) :Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday said he had full confidence that Britain and the EU will avoid a potentially disastrous cliff-edge "no deal" at the end of this year.
The prospect of a "no deal" is looming larger with the talks deadlocked, and both sides insisting agreement must be struck by next month for it to be implemented at the end of the year.
Johnson told MPs that a "no deal" was "not what this country wants and it's not what our EU friends and partners want from us".
"Therefore I have every hope and expectation that that will not be the outcome," he told a parliamentary committee during more than two hours of questioning.
"It's always possible that I'm mistaken and perhaps they will prove my suspicions wrong," he said.
The bill was designed as a "belt and braces" measure to regulate trade within the UK, and an "insurance policy" against any extreme action, he added.
"I prefer to have protections that guarantee the integrity of this country and protect against the potential rupture of the United Kingdom," he said.
- Resignation and compromise - A "no deal" outcome to the talks would see tariffs imposed by both sides, and on Britain's side, they "would be quite formidable for some of their products", he added.
EU chief executive Ursula von der Leyen earlier said the divorce deal that allowed Britain to leave the bloc could not be "unilaterally changed, disregarded or misapplied".
"This is a matter of law and trust and good faith," the European Commission president said in a speech, warning the chances of securing a trade deal were fading.
EU leaders have dismissed Johnson's claims as "spin", while the ramifications of the government's admission the bill would break the law rumbled on.
Several of Johnson's own Conservative MPs have spoken of their unease, while every living former prime minister has warned of the risk to Britain's global reputation.