EU plans to offer Boris Johnson no-deal Brexit extension – The Guardian
Boris Johnson, a leadership candidate for Britain's Conservative Party, leaves offices in central in London, Britain, July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
(Reuters) – The European Union is preparing to offer Boris Johnson, the favourite to be Britains next prime minister, a no-deal Brexit extension beyond Oct. 31, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.
“It will be described as a technical delay to save Boris from political embarrassment but then we will have time to find an agreement,” a senior EU diplomat told the newspaper.
Johnson could maintain the stance of being on course to leave EU without an agreement while keeping open the option of coming to a deal with the bloc, according to the proposal cited by the Guardian.
EU leaders are discussing steps to be taken in the event Johnson presses ahead with exiting the European Union without a transition deal on Oct. 31, the newspaper said.
A declaration expressing the EUs offer to re-engage if Britain were to accept its financial commitments in any divorce from the EU has been proposed, the report added.
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