The European Union is preparing to offer Boris Johnson, the favourite to be Britain’s next prime minister, a no-deal Brexit extension beyond October 31, the Guardian newspaper reports.
“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 on Friday.
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 October 31, the newspaper said.
A declaration expressing the EU’s offer to re-engage if Britain were to accept its financial commitments in any divorce from the EU has been proposed, the report added.
Meanwhile US President Trump said on Friday he was looking forward to working with Johnson who he believes will work out Brexit. “I spoke to him yesterday. I think he’s going to do a great job. I think we’re going to have a great relationship,” Trump told reporters at a White House event.
Referring to outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, whom he has repeatedly criticised for her handling of Britain’s separation from the European Union, Trump said “the previous Prime Minister has done a very bad job with Brexit”. “It’s a disaster, and it shouldn’t be that way. I think Boris will straighten it out,” the President said.