LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes that the law adopted under pressure from the opposition, obliging the government to ask for a delay in negotiations on Brexit, worsens the prospects of a deal on the terms of the country’s exit from the European Union. The Prime Minister said on Sunday in an interview with the BBC broadcasting Corporation.
“The act of surrender” did not help the cause of reaching a deal,” said Johnson, who often uses this epithet to describe the opposition’s demand to ask the EU for a delay. “If Brussels suspects or thinks that there is a real chance of any way to keep us in the EU after October 31, it will deprive us of freedom in matters of negotiating maneuver,” – said the Prime Minister.
However, Johnson noted that the probability of “divorce” in a rigid scenario, that is, without an agreement at all, remains, despite the adopted law. “Of course we can,” he said, answering the host’s question whether the possibility remains that the country will leave the EU without a deal.
Johnson ruled out the possibility of his resignation as a response to the current political crisis. “It is my responsibility to withdraw the country from the EU before October 31 and move forward,” the Prime Minister said.
The UK was due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, two years after giving written notice of withdrawal from the community. However, members of the House of Commons of the British Parliament three times rejected the draft agreement on the terms of “Brexit,” reached by Brussels and the government of Prime Minister Theresa May. As a result, the EU agreed to postpone “Brexit” first on April or May, then – on October 31, and May was forced to resign, unable to bring the situation out of the impasse. After her departure, the chair of the British Prime Minister took Boris Johnson, who promised to implement “Brexit” without a deal, if Brussels does not agree with the requirements of London.
In response, the opposition through the adopted law obliged the government to ask for a postponement of “Brexit” until January 31, 2020, if by mid-October the parties can not reach an agreement on the terms of the “divorce.”