BORIS Johnson’s chief aide last night warned if Brussels doesn’t compromise Britain will leave the EU with no deal.
Dominic Cummings told other advisers Mr Johnson would not delay Brexit, even if the EU says no to the current proposal.
Dominic Cummings declared Britain would leave with no deal if Brussels didn’t come to an agreement[/caption]
The Times reports today he said: “Next week we are going to know how things turn out.
“If the EU says no then we are not going to do what the last lot did and change our negotiating position.
“If we don’t get anything next week, we are gone.”
Mr Johnson has previously declared he’d rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for an extension.
And last night he defiantly tweeted: “New deal or no deal – but no delay.#GetBrexitDone #LeaveOct31.”
The chances of his new Brexit proposals succeeding, however, were dealt a heavy blow by Brussels yesterday, as EU member states agreed the plans “do not provide a basis for concluding an agreement”.
But despite the PM’s determination to pull Britain out of the Euro bloc by October 31 — a bombshell court document has suggested he might be forced to beg for more time.
But the PM has never admitted in public before that he would send a letter to Brussels as the new law would require.
DELAY OR NO DEAL?
A senior No10 source told the BBC that the law didn’t stop Boris from doing other things to allow the UK to still leave.
“The Government is not prevented by Act from doing other things that cause no delay including other communications, private and public.”
It’s been suggested that the PM could ask for the extension but ask other EU leaders to reject it, as all 27 do have a veto over it.
Last Wednesday Mr Johnson revealed his new Brexit plans that he hopes can finally cut a deal with Brussels before the October 31 deadline.
Although EU leaders including Jean Claude Juncker initially reacted warmly to his suggestions, Ireland and other leaders said it wasn’t good enough.
It comes after Brussels stepped up its negative rhetoric – warning it was up to the UK, not the EU, to fix “problematic” bits before negotiations can start properly.
But Brexit negotiators will get a second chance to explain Boris Johnson’s proposals in more detail next week.
An EU statement said: “We will meet again on Monday to give the UK another opportunity to present its proposals in detail.”
Last night EU boss Donald Tusk said Brussels remains “open but unconvinced” about the ideas.
And Irish leader Leo Varadkar said the proposals “fall short in a number of aspects” and suggested there should be a second referendum on Brexit.