The Prime Minister said during his closing G7 speech today that he was prepared to take Brexit talks with the European Union down to the very last minute before the October 31 exit deadline and if necessary to take a decision to leave without a deal on that day. When asked by Reuters if he was prepared to do this, he said: “Well I do think that the EU does tend to come to an agreement right at the end.”
“Clearly for us, the walking away as it were, would come on October 31 when we would take steps to come out on the terms for which we will have by then made absolutely colossal and extensive and fantastic preparations.”
During the summit, Mr Johnson also promised to withhold “substantial part” of £39 billion exit bill from the EU if no deal was reached.
He said: “If there is a no deal then substantial parts of the £39Bn will be spent on our priorities, including dealing with no deal.”
US President Donald Trump warned the EU will be “tough negotiatiors”, but Mr Johnson said he would not let this deter him.
Boris Johnson has been urged to leave with no deal by many Express readers
The Prime Minister spent the weekend at the G7 Summit with other world leaders
He said: “The president said EU are tough negotiators.
“It doesn’t mean we won’t do a deal – I’m working hard to do that.
“There’s substantial disagreement – but I will make our case. The backstop is undemocratic and keeps us stuck in the customs union and the legal situation.
“That point is landed so let’s see where it gets.”
Mr Johnson is prepared to take Brexit talks with the European Union down to the very last minute
Mr Johnson held talks with European Council President Donald Tusk on the sidelines of the summit yesterday.
He was said to explain Britain would pay less than £10 billion of the settlement if it leaves without a deal.
Express.co.uk readers were asked between 5pm on Monday and 5.50pm today whether Mr Johnson should just walk away with no deal now after his row with Mr Tusk.
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Mr Trump warned Mr Johnson about the EU being “tough”
The results showed 18,463 (88 percent) voters said Mr Johnson should walk away with no deal.
Meanwhile, 2,277 (11 percent) people disagreed with this.
And 310 (1 percent) out of the 21,050 people who voted said they didn’t know.
Readers also vented their frustrations at the ongoing Brexit uncertainty.
The world leaders held many talks on topics such as Iran and the environment during the summit
One person commented: “If Boris wants to be PM and win an election he needs to prorogue parliament and call an election for the 5th of November.
“He would win with a landslide if he did that.”
Another person said: “They’ve been given chance after chance to offer a deal.
“No more talk! We must now just walk away as quickly a possible.
Mr Johnson has not ruled out a no deal Brexit
A third wrote: “Leaving the EU without a deal is not the end. It is the beginning!
“Once we are out, completely out, there are many, many deals to be done, both with the EU and the rest of the entire world!”
Another person simply said: “Boris, run now!”
During the close of the G7 summit in Biarritz, Mr Trump suggested that Mr Johnson may be unable to reach a Brexit deal with the European Union but insisted he would be a “great Prime Minister”.
Mr Johnson received overwhelming support to leave the EU
He said: “They may have to get out, they may not make a deal.
“The European Union is very tough to make deals with – just ask Theresa May.”
Mr Trump, who held a first formal meeting with Mr Johnson on Sunday, said he poked fun at the Prime Minister over the time it had taken him to finally get into Number 10.
He said: ”I really believe that Boris Johnson will be a great Prime Minister.”
Members of G7 posed for a family photo last night
“We really like each other. And we had a great two and a half days.
“I have been waiting for him to be Prime Minister for about six years.
“I told him, ‘what took you so long?
“I think his time is right, it’s the right time for Boris.”