Published On: Mon, Oct 7th, 2019

Don't bet on it! Laura Kuenssberg admits she wouldn't 'put £10' on Brexit breakthrough


Britain is officially scheduled to cut ties with the European Union at the end of this month, in just 24 days. But, the Prime Minister will this week has urged EU leaders to “push forward” with trying to delivering Brexit, sticking to his pledge to pull the UK away from the EU at the end of the month, despite promising to stick by the Benn Act, aimed at halting a no deal exit. News’ Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg has, however, warned Brits not to place “more than a tenner” on a resolution with the EU being completed this week.

She wrote on Twitter: “This week also likely to be the week where it’s clear if there could be a Brexit deal before end of Oct or not – and therefore whether PM headed for a giant political and legal car crash, or not…. don’t bet more than a tenner on a smooth resolution”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged French President Emmanuel Macron to “push forward” to secure a Brexit deal and told him the EU should not be lured into the mistaken belief that the UK would stay in the bloc after October 31.

A senior British government source said: “This is the chance to get a deal done: a deal that is backed by parliamentarians and a deal which involves compromise on all sides.

“The UK has made a big, important offer but it’s time for the Commission to show a willingness to compromise too. If not the UK will leave with no deal.”

Mr Macron said the Prime Minister has until the end of week to agree terms with Michel Barnier if EU leaders are to sign off a new deal at a European Summit on October 17.

“Boris Johnson presented his latest proposals,” An Elysee official said.

“The President told him that the negotiations should continue swiftly with Michel Barnier’s team in coming days, in order to evaluate at the end of the week whether a deal is possible that respects European Union principles.”

Last week Mr Johnson outlined his Brexit proposals to the European Union, which were met with positive noises from the bloc.

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Stephen Barclay, the Brexit Secretary, hinted yesterday that Britain could alter details of its plan to hand the Northern Ireland Assembly a veto over the proposal.

“The key is the principle of consent,” he told the BBC.

“Now, of course, in the mechanism, as part of the intensive negotiations, we can look at that and discuss that.”

David Frost, the Prime Minister’s top EU adviser, will today continue talks in Brussels after the bloc refused to hold weekend negotiations.

Jeremy Corbyn is set to meet the leaders of other opposition parties to scrutinise the Government’s new Brexit proposals.

Mr Corbyn will meet the SNP’s Ian Blackford, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson and the Greens’ Caroline Lucas – as well as Anna Soubry of the Independent Group for Change and Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts.



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