United Kingdom trade delegation eyes post-Brexit deal with Trump
Aug 09 2019
It follows reports from Brussels that European Union officials had concluded Boris Johnson's new Government had no intention of negotiating and that its "central scenario" was a no-deal break on October 31.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that he will take the United Kingdom out of the bloc on October 31 come what may, even without a transitional deal needed to pave the way for future relations with the EU. "No intention to negotiate, which would require a plan". "Whatever happens, while we remain ready and willing to negotiate, the European Union must appreciate we are leaving on October 31, deal or no deal".
Brussels now appears to be saying it is resigned to a no-deal Brexit, and puts the blame at the feet of Boris Johnson.
While the bloc is still hopeful of securing a deal, their reaction to Downing Street suggests that they now seriously acknowledge the very real possibility that Johnson will indeed dig his heels in and stick to his guns regarding a no-deal Brexit, whatever the economic cost. He admitted, however, that "it would not be ready now for Brexit".
"My view is that it (no-deal) is not (the United Kingdom government's) desired outcome", Mr Donohoe said after what he described as constructive talks in London that focused on how to avoid Brexit leading to a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
On a visit to Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, the Irish prime minister reiterated the European Union position that the withdrawal agreement was not open for renegotiation, but that clarifications and changes to the political declaration on the future relationship could be made.
"So, there are a number of ways that a no-deal can be avoided on October 31".
"There are many ways by which a no-deal can be avoided. I am certainly not fatalistic about that".
He also said a no-deal departure would not end the Brexit process.
Raab said after meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the two sides agreed on the need for quick negotiations on a two-way deal after Brexit strands Britain outside the US-EU trade pact. This week, though, they have also got themselves into a confrontation over whether they can even talk to one another about Brexit.
British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday that there was a huge appetite in the U.S. and United Kingdom to get a free trade deal post-Brexit.