BORIS Johnson played up the prospects of a no deal Brexit yesterday as he declared Britain will “prosper mightily” whatever happens to EU trade talks.
The PM said Britain will be ready regardless of the outcome of the stalling trade talks with Brussels.
Downing Street insiders have privately described the chances of agreeing a trade deal with Brussels at just “30 to 40 per cent” – with barely a month left of negotiations between the two sides.
EU sources have told The Sun that expectations ahead of next week’s resumption of trade negotiations are “extremely low”.
And the EU Council President Charles Michel has refused to even discuss Brexit at this month’s summit of EU leaders because of the lack of progress.
The increasing chances of a no deal Brexit led to haulage bosses demanding urgent talks with Cabinet ministers over concerns there are “significant gaps” in the UK’s Brexit border preparations.
Eight logistics organisations wrote to the Government warning that the UK-EU supply chain “will be severely disrupted” next year if issues are not resolved before the end of the transition period on December 31.
But on a visit to Solihull in the West Midlands yesterday, the PM dismissed concerns of a no deal scenario – and insisted Britain will be ready for any eventuality.
He said: “We’re ready for any eventuality, of course.
“But we must make sure that people understand that at the end of the year, whatever happens, we are leaving the EU.
“We will get through this. It’s vital that our partners understand that the UK is going to do what we need to do.
“If we need to have an Australia-style deal, an Australia-style solution, then that is what we will achieve and we will prosper mightily one way or the other.
“They could be sensible and give us a Canada-style solution, which after all they’ve given Canada, and I very much hope they will, but we’re ready for either eventuality.”
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